Teenager's lost baby: Leeds midwife accused

A teenager lost her baby and almost died after a midwife failed to give her care for nearly eight hours in a Leeds hospital, a hearing was told.

Teresa Harrison, 45, was put in charge of the 17-year-old in September 2006 after she was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary with abdominal pain.

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But the midwife did not perform any checks on the young mum-to-be who was actually suffering from a placental abruption.

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Over a period of eight hours, her condition deteriorated rapidly and she was rushed to theatre for an emergency Caesarean.

The baby was stillborn and the teenager had to be resuscitated. She later underwent a hysterectomy after suffering major haemorrhaging.

Harrison, from Leeds, was sacked by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in December 2006 but now faces allegations of misconduct before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

She is accused of failing to carry out blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiration rate checks during the time the teenager was in her care, as well as failing to check the baby's heart rate.

It is also claimed she failed to record checks she did carry out, the records she made were 'inadequate', and that she did not seek advice from senior doctors.

If found guilty, she faces being struck off the medical register.

The hearing in London was told that the teenager, referred to as Ms A, was 37 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to ward 57 of the LGI on

September 3, 2006.

Chris Pataky, for the NMC, said: "(Harrison] was responsible for a whole series of failures from the very moment that she took over care of Ms A at around 10.45am until she made her last entry in her medical records."

The NMC heard that Ms A had lower abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and had a rapid heart and after an initial examination it was thought that she could be in early labour.

When Harrison took over her care, however, she did not read the clinical records, assumed a heart rate check had been carried out and failed to confirm if Ms A had been given any analgesia.

LGI midwifery matron Karen Warner told the hearing she carried out an investigation into the incident.

Mrs Warner said Harrison should have called a medical professional on several occasions during the day as Ms A's condition worsened and that she appeared to have 'no awareness of the significance' of various findings.

She said during the investigation a representative for Harrison had outlined her case, adding: "Teresa's representative stated that although she did not do a regular assessment, she had kept an eye on her. She said she listened to the foetal heartbeat, but cannot recall recording it.

"Teresa ... thought that she might have a stomach bug."

Harrison is not attending the hearing and has not indicated any admission or denial of the allegations.


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