Saturday, March 10, 2012

Parents of brain damaged baby wanted a normal life, not a normal birth

Photo: South Wales Argus
Another heartbreaking birth story, another injured baby, and another mother whose repeated request for a cesarean was refused and ignored.

The South Wales Argus reports how ten weeks after his birth on November 9, 2011, baby Casey's parents were told that he had suffered brain damage as a result.

His mother, Nahella Hard, had had a previous emergency cesarean with her daughter due to preeclampsia and a placental abruption, and suffers with a bowel disorder, yet despite her repeated requests for a repeat c-section, she was made to have a "traumatic" vaginal delivery.

His father, Anthony Hard, describes how he was looking forward to doing normal things with his son, like "taking him to football", but just hopes now that he'll be able to "walk and talk".

They have just submitted a formal complaint to the Aneurin Bevan Health Board about their experience at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Wales, as reported here, and following a full invesigation, I hope they get the answers they deserve.

2 comments:

Awesome Mom said...

That is so sad, I really feel for those parents.

Mrs. W. said...

That poor family - the idea that a woman would be forced to VBAC when she has no desire to do so is appalling - the fact that a baby would pay such a steep price for denial of a repeat csection that was requested is beyond tragic.