Gynaecologist who decapitated an infant during a bungled birth cleared to return to work

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The baby’s head remained in the mother’s womb after the birth but was later removed by Caesarean section and re-attached to the body to enable the mother to say goodbye

A UK gynaecologist, Dr Vishnavy Laxman (43), who should have given a patient (30) a Caesarean section but instead attempted to carry out a natural birth has been exonerated by the Medical practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester of serious misconduct.

During the birth Dr Laxman urged the patient to push while she pulled. In the process the body of the baby became accidentally detached from the head which remained in the womb.

It was subsequently removed by Caesarean section and re-attached to the body to enable the mother to hold her baby and say goodbye.

It is believed the baby boy, who was born prematurely, may have been dead before he was decapitated.

The Tribunal ruled the decision to proceed with a natural birth was negligent and fell below the standards ordinarily to be expected but did not amount to serious misconduct.

The decision was a single error of judgement made in very difficult circumstances the Tribunal found.

All in all Dr Laxman’s conduct didn’t fall far short of the expected standards of conduct and therefore did not amount to serious misconduct.

Her fitness to practice was not impaired the Tribunal concluded and she was cleared to return to work but at a different hospital.

Rising Sun Overport