The parents of a baby who died at just three days old after suffering catastrophic brain injury during birth have accused medical staff of negligence, saying the tragedy left them suffering severe post traumatic stress.
Georgina Tamasi says that if she had been properly advised during her pregnancy she would not have needed the emergency caesarean section that went catastrophically wrong when her daughter Lilly Mae’s head became stuck to her uterine wall.
A scan after the baby’s death in September 2017 showed she suffered a catastrophic and widespread brain injury.
Mrs Tamasi, of Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe, suffered depression and an anxiety disorder and had to quit work after finding it too difficult being separated from her second child, Tianne-Mae.
Her husband Zoltan developed post-traumatic stress disorder, suffering sudden flashbacks, fatigue and poor concentration.
They are now suing East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust for damages of more than £200,000.
A writ lodged with the High Court says Mr Zoltan suffered repeated trauma if anything happened to Tianne-Mae, such as a minor medical emergency.
A serious untoward investigation report into Lilly Mae’s death, carried out by the hospital trust, found numerous failings before, during, and after her birth.
Mrs Tamasi, who has high blood pressure, says she was not advised to start taking aspirin
when she went to an antenatal clinic, despite a family history of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.
Her unborn baby was small for her dates, and when she arrived at Ipswich Hospital on September 11 2017, her blood pressure was raised, and her heart rate too slow, the writ says.
More than an hour later doctors started a caesarean section.
After the procedure, Lilly Mae, who weighed just over 2 kgs at birth, needed to be resuscitated and ventilated .
She was given antibiotics but suffered a seizure on September 12 and was transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital, where she died two days later.
The couple say doctors should have warned them of the risk of declining to have labour induced on September 1.
The writ states: “As [Mrs Tamasi] had declined induction she was advised to go home and to contact the hospital if her blood pressure was raised, or if she felt unwell, or started contractions or fetal movements slowed.
“She was not advised that discharge was against medical advice or that her baby may be at risk.”
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is an on-going legal claim so we are not able to comment further.”