Childbirth death investigated

A WOMAN died giving birth to her still-born baby after initially being refused a caesarian.

Now the case has reached the Andalucian Prosecutor’s Office with calls to clarify the circumstances surrounding the tragic events.

A lawsuit submitted by the Defensor del Paciente (Patients’ Defender) details how the Berja woman, aged 45, named only as JG, died at El Ejido’s Hospital de Poniente.

Doctors, who knew the baby had passed away two days earlier, had allegedly refused a caesarian to avoid ‘further complications.’

JG’s sisters now say they too had asked doctors to deliver the baby by caesarian once they had learned of its death. One of them said: “The doctor refused and told us if we were not happy with the attention provided, we ought to take our sister to another hospital.”

JG had admitted herself to the hospital a week after she was due, on December 31.

Once there, she remained without being monitored until the following day when doctors discovered that the foetus had died during the night.

The woman had asked for a caesarean birth straight away, but doctors allegedly refused and opted for a natural birth, even after they discovered the foetus had died.

After being given birth-inducing medicines, JG’s condition severely deteriorated, so doctors finally opted for a caesarean birth at the last minute. 

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