Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Sue NHS for [Pounds Sterling]100,000 over Trauma of C-Section Birth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Sue NHS for [Pounds Sterling]100,000 over Trauma of C-Section Birth

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Byline: Natalie Cox

THE parents of a baby born by emergency Caesarean section are suing the NHS for [pounds sterling]100,000 after developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Saima Fiaz and Saqib Thandi are demanding damages from St George's Healthcare NHS Trust in Tooting following the birth of their son Nauman. The emergency Caesarean took place in February 2010 after Mrs Fiaz's uterus ruptured during an attempt at a natural birth.

Mrs Fiaz, 31, from Upper Norwood, went into labour before she could be seen by an obstetrician, and although hers was a high-risk delivery, she was left in the sole care of a student midwife, according to the High Court claim. Five hours later, her husband, 41, startled by the drop in the unborn baby's heart rate and his wife's pain, asked for help.

An obstetrician then called for a Caesarean section. Nauman was subsequently born in poor condition, floppy and pale and needed cardiac massage. His parents were told he might have suffered brain damage and, although Nauman made a full recovery, both parents developed psychiatric reactions as a result of the hospital's negligence, the claim says. …

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