Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctor Foundn Guilty of Childbirth Blunder That Cost This Boy's Twin Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctor Foundn Guilty of Childbirth Blunder That Cost This Boy's Twin Life

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A RETIRED doctor has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct after one of the twin boys he was delivering was stillborn.

Alexandru Lugoj was born by emergency Caesarean in October 2002. He died but his twin brother Costin was born healthy.

Dr Jagdishchandra Patel, 63, who has since retired, was found guilty by the General Medical Council and given a reprimand.

The twins' mother Elizabeth Watts, 26, a civil servant from Swanley, Kent, said: "My baby Costin has helped me through all this. If it wasn't for him I don't know what I would have done."

Ms Watts, who has since separated from the twins' Romanian father, said: "I feel happy that I have Costin but then I feel guilty, like I'm not grieving enough for

Alexandru. It really hits home when I tuck Costin in at night and that day comes flooding back.

"There are also the 'what ifs' that go through my head.

What if I had gone to a different hospital, what if I had made the decision to go to Romania to have my babies would the outcome have been different?"

Ms Watts and her thenfiance, Costinel Lugoj, went to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford on the afternoon of 26 October when she went into the early stages of labour.

Midwives at the hospital monitored both babies' heartbeats, but became concerned when they noticed an irregularity with Alexandru's.

Miss Watts said: "They suggested that I have an emergency Caesarean but Dr Patel, the senior doctor in charge that day, disregarded [their] fears and said I was fine for a natural birth.

"He even went to get a scanner so he could prove to everyone that he was right."

However, as he performed the scan he soon realised how serious it was.

"He went very quiet and his

expression changed from one of confidence, to one of shock."

Ms Watts was rushed to the operating theatre, more than six hours after she first arrived at the hospital, but it was too late for Alexandru. …

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