Mother sues for 300,000 after her baby suffered brain damage when doctors thought the girl was born dead but was in fact alive
Doctors stopped resuscitation after 13 minutesBaby Megan started gasping half an hour later
A mother is demanding 300,000 damages after her baby suffered brain damage at birth – and she was told her daughter was dead when she was still alive.
Megan Hidle was born showing no signs of life and hospital staff stopped resuscitation after thirteen minutes.
Her mother, Rebecca Hidle, 31, and her husband were told she was dead.
Through her mother, Megan, is demanding damages of more than 300,000 from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Half an hour later, the neonatal registrar realised that Megan was pink and gasping, and her parents, having believed their baby had died, were told she was alive and had a fifty/fifty chance of surviving the day.
Tests showed that Megan, now five, had suffered brain damage after being starved of oxygen during her birth and she now has cerebral palsy which affects her balance.
She can run and walk short distances, can use both hands in many activities of daily life, but has problems manipulating small items in her left hand.
She takes medication for frequent vomiting, has a small head, but is able to go to mainstream school, although doctors say she is at risk of complications such as epilepsy, scoliosis, or contraction of her Achilles tendon.
Now through her mother, Megan, of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, is demanding damages of more than 300,000 from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
The trust has admitted negligence over her birth, according to a High Court writ. But the two sides are thought unable to agree how much compensation she should receive.
Megan was born at Leicester Royal Infirmary on October 31 2006, about five weeks premature, after an emergency caesarean section.
An obstetric registrar found it impossible to deliver her head, and called for help, but a specialist registrar was also under to deliver her head, and had to enlarge the incision before Megan was delivered at 4,02am, floppy, not breathing, with no signs of life.
After hospital staff gave up efforts to resuscitate her, the neonatal registrar realised that she was pink and gasping at about 4.45 am as she lay alone on the resuscitation table, the court will hear.
Megan was transferred to the neonatal unit, where she developed abnormal movements, and needed ventilation. She was allowed home with her parents on November 12 2006.
Mrs Hidle says that without medical negligence, her daughter would have been delivered alive and unharmed and the trust admitted this in March 2011.
She is seeking provisional damages for her daughter, and an order allowing her to return to court if Megan's condition deteriorates and she develops epilepsy, scoliosis, or abnormal movements caused by neurological disorders.