Doctors Accidentally Perform Emergency C-Section AFTER Woman Gives Birth
After three relatively uneventful births for her older children, Amber Hughes knew that her fourth baby (with long-time partner, and father of her three other children, Daniel) was going to be different. The mom from Leicester, England lost her mucus plug at 24 weeks, so she wasn't surprised when her water broke at 28 weeks. Hughes went into labor sixteen days later, in June 2015.
Hughes, 21, was 3 cm dilated and about 36 hours into labor when doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary made the call to rush her into an emergency C-Section, the Daily Mailreports.
"I'd hoped for a natural birth like my other[s] but they told me they had no choice because Olly wasn't coming on his own and it was too dangerous to leave him," Hughes told theDaily Mail. The unborn child also had an infection, so it was best to proceed with surgery.
But when doctors began the procedure, they were stunned. "I was awake when they cut me open and could see Daniel's baffled reaction when there was no baby there," Hughes recalled. "It was horrific. I was expecting my bundle of joy to be passed to me, but instead I watched panic spread over doctors' faces."
That's because she had already given birth to her son.
Reliving the nightmare, Hughes said she was "literally going into a meltdown," thinking her baby couldn't have just "disappeared." He hadn't: Olly let out a cry, and doctors frantically found him in the bed sheets, between his mom's legs.
It was so surreal that the mom of four thought maybe the drugs administered had caused her to hallucinate. "They couldn't find my baby," she said. "Not only was I cut open unnecessarily, but my poor baby was under a sheet alone."
As a preemie, Olly weighed less than four pounds and was taken to the prenatal unit. An hour later, he was reunited with his parents, who were processing the chaotic birth.
Hughes maintains she was given an explanation and not an apology. The doctor simply stated the infant had already begun his decent down the birth canal as she was cut open. He brushed it off as "odd."
Odd? More like "ludicrous," according to Hughes. "They lost my baby for two minutes."
After five weeks in the hospital, both mom and baby were discharged. Olly is as healthy today as any other infant. Still, Hughes is filing a complaint against the hospital. "I'm thankful my baby is okay, but we'll never be able to forget the day the doctors lost our baby."
Elaine Broughton, head of midwifery for Leicester's Hospitals released the following statement: "We were really very worried about Amber and her baby as there were signs of infection and her waters had broken quite some time ago, yet the delivery didn't appear to be progressing. The decision to carry out an emergency caesarean is never taken lightly but we thought it was for the best in this case. Clearly, between the decision to operate being taken and Amber's arrival in [the operating room], mother nature had once again taken over. We're looking at the chain of events in detail and will share our findings with the parents.
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