This article was published on October 3rd, 2012
A mother who suffered burns from medical equipment during an emergency caesarean has received thousands of pounds in compensation.
The 20-year-old went in to labour on December 23rd last year but her labour did not progress and she went home.
She returned to the hospital on Christmas Eve and medical staff were carrying out a caesarean when the discovered the baby’s cord was wrapped around her neck.
During the operation to safely remove the baby a pair of cauterising tongs fell on to the woman’s calf, causing two large burns.
The wounds later became infected and she is now receiving ongoing treatment to help heal the scars.
The medical negligence victim received a total of £5,000 from the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS trust who ran the hospital at the time.
“I had an epidural, so didn’t feel anything at the time and my legs were covered with a quilt.,” said the woman.
“The only reason they realised something had happened was the smell of my burning flesh.
“I’ve still got scars and I am very wary of hospitals.
“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else and that’s why I’ve spoken out,” she added.
A medical negligence specialist from a local personal injury solicitor said, “This was an extremely traumatic and anxious time for my client.
“While she thought she was safe in the care of medical professionals, an injury occurred which caused her a great deal of pain and suffering.”
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