Bradford Royal Infirmary has agreed to pay compensation to the mother of a stillborn baby who is believed to have had bradycardia during labour. This condition involves a slower heartbeat and when it occurs the birth is often sped up in an attempt to ensure the baby is delivered safely so resuscitation can take place if necessary. This was not done in this case, and the baby – Ethan – was stillborn. He was pronounced dead just 20 minutes after his mother gave birth to him.
Initially the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust completed an internal investigation but it found nothing wrong in the way the staff had performed during the labour and birth. The mother, Miss April Hall, decided to take the case further and she was awarded an undisclosed amount in court by way of compensation.
Bradycardia can occur in this situation. Ideally monitoring will identify the condition and the baby’s birth will be brought forward to enable proper treatment to keep the baby alive. This did not happen in this particular case, and while the hospital did not find any negligent behaviour, compensation has been agreed.
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Source: Daily Mail