Mum Demands Investigation After Baby’s Head Was Sliced At Birth

November 8, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A mother left horrified after a surgeon accidentally sliced her baby’s head at birth has demanded a full investigation into the incident.

Emma Edwards, 21, met with health chiefs earlier this week after her daughter Karmen was left with a one-and-a-half inch scar between her eye and her ear.

Emma Edwards with her baby daughter Karmen with the scar visible on her left temple caused during a C section birth by a scalpel.

Emma Edwards with her baby daughter Karmen with the scar visible on her left temple caused during a C section birth by a scalpel.

Little Karmen, from Wick, Sutherland, was cut during her birth by caesarean section at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness earlier this year.

And she was forced to wait a day before a plastic surgeon could make the journey from Aberdeen to stitch up her wound.

Emma had initially travelled to Inverness with partner George McPhee, 26, on June 15 this year to be prepared for the caesarean section the following morning.

But there were delays due to the number of emergency operations carried out in the hospital on that day.

Karmen with her dad George McPhee

Karmen with her dad George McPhee

Emma and George eventually returned home to Wick on June 17 before making the journey back to Inverness two days later.

Her waters broke in the early hours of the following morning and she was rushed to theatre for the procedure.

But a blunder at the hospital meant that a locum doctor carried out Emma’s procedure while claiming to be unaware that she was in labour, and sliced Karmen’s head.

swns_baby_cut_04The infant had to be rushed to the special care baby unit after the cut on her head was discovered.

On Monday, Emma met with senior figures at NHS Highland to discuss the incident, and has now demanded a full investigation to be carried out.

She said: “They said they will see what they can do. I think the man we were speaking to was concerned as well but he said he couldn’t make any guarantees.”

Emma claimed she would even consider taking her case to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman depending on the outcome of NHS Highland’s consideration.

Emma Edwards with her partner George McPhee and their daughter Karmen

Emma Edwards with her partner George McPhee and their daughter Karmen

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