My baby suffered six cardiac arrests days after her birth - why did hospital fail to spot heart problem? (From Bournemouth Echo)
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My baby suffered six cardiac arrests days after her birth - why did hospital fail to spot heart problem?
HOSPITAL staff failed to identify a critically ill baby’s heart problem during pre-natal scans, her mum has claimed.
Jemima Gidley’s eight-month-old daughter Megan-Rose suffered six cardiac arrests just days after her birth, and a stroke that may have caused brain damage.
She has been in and out of intensive care ever since while undergoing seven operations.
Mrs Gidley’s medical notes show that Royal Bournemouth Hospital ultrasound staff were unable to find the left outflow from the baby’s heart during a scan on August 28 last year, which was put down to the mother’s weight. At a rescan on September 13 the notes state that the left outflow was “visualised” with “no gross abnormality”, however Mrs Gidley disputes this.
She claims sonographers only briefly saw a trickle of blood flow and accepted that as normal, despite their previous difficulty identifying the outflow.
She believes that if her notes had not given Megan’s heart the all-clear, then professionals at Poole Hospital would have carried out tests immediately after the birth and her daughter could have received vital surgery sooner.
Mrs Gidley, 29, is also angry that ultrasound staff failed to notice that Megan, who is currently back home after treatment at Southampton Hospital, has a malformed dysplastic kidney.
Mrs Gidley said: “I have been told three times now to say goodbye to my baby, a terrible thing for any parent. We are just lucky to have a fighter in her, but she will be having operations for the rest of her life.
“We understand that scans can’t spot everything, and Megan would have been born ill anyway, but if that concern about her heart was in my notes she could have had a test, and had surgery when she was in a better state.
“We want to see a change, with even the most minor concerns recorded in the notes.
“Even if it turns out to be nothing, it could save a life.”
Mrs Gidley lives in Tamar Close, Ferndown, with husband Philip, daughter Rebekah, ten, and son Taylor, three.
A spokesman for the hospital said the complaint, originally made in December, was being investigated and they would “welcome further discussion”.
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