Case study: ultrasound fails to detect Spina Bifida
Ultrasound errors lead to Samantha giving birth to a baby with congenital disorder Spina Bifida. Had the mistakes not been made and abnormalities detected as they ought to have been Samantha would have undergone a termination. Samantha’s case was taken on by the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence who secured her £120,000 in compensation to help with care costs.
Old equipment used for an ultrasound
Archie was Samantha’s second baby and she enjoyed a healthy and uneventful pregnancy. She had the three routine ultrasound scans offered by the NHS, including the 20 week fetal abnormality scan and was told everything was fine with the baby. The equipment used during the scans was nine-years-old, much older than the recommended five year limit.
Spina Bifida diagnosed after birth
After Archie was born it became apparent that there was an abnormality with his lower spine. Doctors immediately recognised this was Spina Bifida, where the baby’s spine has not developed properly in the womb leaving a gap. Spina Bifida can cause a host of problems for the child including urinary and kidney problems, bowel dysfunction and physical disabilities.
In Archie’s case his bladder and bowels were affected meaning that he needs to be catheterised four times a day. Archie also requires treatment to help his bowels to work and often has episodes of incontinence.
Samantha sought advice from the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence and a claim was brought on her behalf. Although the hospital trust denied that the scanning equipment was not up to standard due to its age and that the radiographers had not acted negligently when interpreting the scans Samantha was awarded £120,000 in compensation for the pain, suffering and additional costs she had endured as a result of Archie being born with Spina Bifida.
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