Mother and Unborn Baby Die After Doctors Misdiagnose Ectopic Pregnancy Twice

Mother and Unborn Baby Die After Doctors Misdiagnose Ectopic Pregnancy Twice

Mother and Unborn Baby Die After Doctors Misdiagnose Ectopic Pregnancy Twice
Rebecca Ben-Nejma 28 died three days after doctors told her that her ectopic pregnancy was a stomach ache.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo attaches and develops outside the womb. The staff at the hospital missed that Mrs Ben-Nejma was suffering from this and gave her pain killers believing it was gastroenteritis. Rebecca initially visited the hospital on a Friday afternoon with stomach pain.
The following day Mrs Ben-Nejma’s pains had got worse and she returned to the hospital. The A&E registrar again diagnosed her with gastroenteritis sent her home with much stronger pain killers.
One of the doctors that saw Mrs Ben-Nejma suspected that she may have been suffering with an ectopic pregnancy but was unable to check as the hospital scanner service was closed for the weekend. Mrs Ben-Nejma was told to come back on Monday.
Mrs Ben-Nejma had only found out that she was seven weeks pregnant a few days before visiting the hospital.
The next morning Rebecca collapsed and had a heart attack in her daughter’s arms.
Paramedics turned up and tried to revive her and rushed her to hospital by air ambulance. She had another heart attack during an operation where the surgeons tried to remove her fallopian tubes.
She was then kept on life support and on 20th December 2010 on her daughter Charlotte’s 13th birthday the family made the decision to switch off her life support.
Rebecca Ben-Nejma had suffered an ectopic pregnancy according to tests.
The hospital issued an apology and took full responsibility for the incident and issued this statement.
‘In order to ensure that such failings do not happen again the trust has introduced a range of measures including strengthening the emergency gynaecology service which is now centralised at Tunbridge Wells Hospital and as a result of which patients now have better access to senior staff diagnostic equipment and treatment of emergency situations.’
Since Rebecca’s death they have ensured that the scanning facilities are open 24 hours a day including weekends.
The family of Mrs Ben-Nejma were paid out a six figure compensation sum for the ordeal.
If you or a family member has suffered as a result of negligent or inadequate treatment or care received in hospital please contact the Medical Negligence department at Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0844 844 9866 for free advice and consultation on your prospective case.

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