A doctor fought back tears at an inquest as she recalled the moment she delivered a baby girl who was born without a heartbeat.
Dr Ambreen Chaudry was speaking at an inquiry into the death of Adele O’Sullivan, who died on April 7 2021 after being born without a heartbeat at Nottingham City Hospital.
Recalling the moments Adele was delivered without a pulse, Dr Chaudry said while fighting back tears: “All I could see were Adele’s little feet.
“I just delivered her and passed her over.”
A three-day hearing led by Assistant Coroner Elizabeth Didcock is taking testimony from medical professionals and midwives, who dealt with mum Daniela O’Sullivan’s care, and the circumstances leading up to the loss of Adele, who was delivered prematurely at 29-plus weeks.
On the third day of evidence, Dr Chaudry said she was made aware of “no concerns” regrading Mrs O’Sullivan on handover at around 8.30pm.
“I was told she was stable and there were no concerns at the time,” she told the court.
“There was more concern for some twins, there was no worry about Daniela at the time.”
Dr Chaudry said that earlier bleeding had not been significant as far as she was aware.
Miss Didcock then asked: “With hindsight, do you think she needed a further review? There was a woman at 29 weeks with a history of bleeding and there was no need for a further review?
Dr Chaudry insisted that Mrs O’Sullivan did not require one at the time.
Mrs O’Sullivan had lost her infant son John in 2016 after he developed a condition and died a few days after birth, but his twin sister Anna survived and is now thriving.
In court on Thursday, midwife Leanne Amos said that she and Mrs O’Sullivan had at one point asked the senior registrar to carry out a vaginal examination when she came to see the patient.
When Dr Chaudry was questioned over this, she said she “didn’t recall” being asked.
“If they asked me to do a full vaginal examination then there is something going on,” she told the court.
“It would really worry me, why would I say no to that?”
She added she was focusing on administering a CTG, a method of monitoring a fetal heartbeat, and was told of no pains or tightenings by the midwife.
After first seeing Mrs O’Sullivan, Dr Chaudry said that she didn’t receive another call regarding the patient until around 11.30pm.
It was then she was found to be having decelerations on the CTG, which the registrar believed to be due to compression of the umbilical chord, so she re positioned Mrs O’Sullivan.
She added it was difficult to monitor Adele at times due to her low position.
After being transferred to the Labour suite, the decision was eventually made for Mrs O’Sullivan to give birth through a caesarean section under general anaesthetic in the early hours of April 7.
The inquest is expected to conclude on Wednesday, February 9.
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