Baby Dies After Doctors Cut Into His Skull During C-Section

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During a Caesarean section surgery at Nottingham University Hospital, a baby died when doctors accidentally cut into his skull.

Carson Allen died on July 3, 2013, 3 hours after his birth, caused by a haemorrhage in his brain when doctors sliced 2-inches into his scalp and skull.

They are currently being sued by his mother, Claire Smith, 41, and the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have issued her a full apology stating “the care Miss Smith received during pregnancy was not up to standard.”

Dr. Lucy Kean  head of service for obstetrics and gynaecology,  stated: “We reiterate the trust’s condolences to the family on the death of their son Carson, and apologise for the shortfalls in our care, mindful that no words or amount of money can undo the harm and distress the family have experienced as a result of this case.”

Previously In October 2011, she had had gynaecological issues after undergoing a procedure known to cause complications, and pregnancy should have been avoided afterwards.

An inquiry revealed many missed chances by the hospital or doctors to access a full medical history on Miss Smith or even a check.

“I found the inquest very difficult and have spent the past four years thinking this was my fault.” Miss Smith said

“I thought the cut on Carson’s head was because of the procedure I had in 2011 – it wasn’t until the result of the post-mortem that I found out it was caused by a scalpel.

“As if losing my baby wasn’t enough, I have been put through hell fighting for the reassurance that I could not have prevented my baby son’s death.”


 Miss Smith described her care as “absolutely horrendous” and “unacceptable.”

She added: “During my C-section, the doctor cut my baby’s head so deeply that he died.

“I am a good mum and the chance to be a mum to Carson was taken away from me.

“It has been the worst experience of my life and I doubt my family will ever get over our loss.”

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