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£30,000 – psychiatric injury due to substandard caesarean section

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    The Clinical Negligence Team acted for Mrs D who suffered anaesthetic awareness and psychiatric injury following a substandard caesarean section, and Mr D who suffered psychiatric injury from witnessing these events. Mrs D underwent a caesarean section but the incision …

    By Richard Coleman

The Clinical Negligence Team acted for Mrs D who suffered anaesthetic awareness and psychiatric injury following a substandard caesarean section, and Mr D who suffered psychiatric injury from witnessing these events.

Mrs D underwent a caesarean section but the incision extended into the surrounding blood vessels, including an artery. The injury was not quickly repaired and Mrs D suffered heavy bleeding.  Mr D witnessed this and saw his wife’s condition rapidly deteriorate, which led him to believe that she was dying.  He was asked to leave the room and was not provided with any information about his wife for a number of hours.

When Mr D was asked if she wanted to know what was happening, she opted not to, and to have a general anaesthetic so that she would not be aware of what she believed was her impending death. There was a delay in providing blood products and starting a blood transfusion, causing a fall in blood pressure. During the latter part of the surgery Mrs D suffered anaesthetic awareness. She could hear the surgery, but could not see or move and initially thought she had died.

Both Mr and Mrs D sustained psychiatric injury.  Their cases were settled out of Court for £30,000, wit Mrs D receiving £18,000 and Mr D receiving £12,000 in compensation.

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