Acute Hypoxia Resulting in Stillbirth – Mrs X
Category: Birth Injury Claims
Last Updated: 5th Nov 2020
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During her pregnancy with her second child, Mrs X was identified as having a low PAPP-A level, so her baby’s growth was monitored closely. Mrs X was then admitted to hospital in labour at 41 weeks gestation. Despite a CTG (Cardiotocography) being applied for the majority of her labour, Mrs X’s son was stillborn.
The Trust carried out an investigation and the report of that investigation concluded that the CTG showed a significant deviation of the fetal heartbeat from the baseline, which was not recognised at the time. A post-mortem revealed that the baby was normally grown with no abnormalities, and it was concluded that the cause of the stillbirth was acute hypoxia.
This meant that, had the CTG been properly read, the baby would have been delivered as an emergency and he would have been born alive and uninjured.
Given the contents of the Trust Investigation, breach of duty and causation were admitted without the need to issue court proceedings. The claim was then settled for £42,530 in total.
This case was led by Corrina Mottram.
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