A HEARTBROKEN family has launched a complaint against Heartlands Hospital after surgeons failed to treat a young mum-to-be’s ectopic pregnancy, despite a correct diagnosis offered by a hospital doctor.
Nineteen-year-old Stacey Kempson, from Chelmsley Wood, who was seven weeks pregnant, was taken into theatre when scans revealed her pregnancy was ectopic - a complication that occurs when the fertilised egg implants outside the womb and means the pregnancy must be terminated.
But when she returned from the operation which should have treated her condition, Stacey was told surgeons had disagreed with the doctor’s diagnosis and instead assured her the baby was in the correct position.
Just one week later Stacey returned to Heartlands seriously ill to be told an error had been made and that she was in fact having an ectopic pregnancy.
Stacey’s fallopian tube had ruptured by the time she underwent her second operation, causing her to lose two-and-a -half litres of blood from internal bleeding.
Speaking about the care offered at Heartlands, Carol Hayden, Stacey’s grandmother, said: “She was neglected by the hospital and we won’t let this go, Stacey could have lost her life.
“Stacey and her partner Daniel had wanted to have a baby together, being told that the baby was fine, only to have to go through this trauma isn’t right.”
If not treated properly, an ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening. Women who suffer such complications now travel to Heartlands or Good Hope hospitals for treatment after cutbacks forced Solihull Hospital to downscale its maternity unit.
Lisa Dunn, hospital director at Heartlands, said: “We would like to apologise to the Kempson family for any distress caused and take all issues raised very seriously.”
She added, “We aim to provide the best possible care for all of our patients and continue to work closely with the family to resolve the matters raised.”