A healthy baby was accidentally interrupted in horrific confusion with his sick twin at Birmingham hospital, the trust admitted.
The other baby also died during the botched procedure, in one of 700 incidents where errors resulted in death at NHS hospitals across England, according to a report.
The patient had hoped to save the life of her healthier fetus, after it was revealed that her twin was suffering from restrictive growth.
This condition increases the chances of stillbirth and puts the healthy baby at risk.
But, during the procedure at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the surgeons mistakenly terminated the healthy twin and both died.
Their deaths came to light during a broad Freedom of Information Act investigation, the Sunday Express reported.
He revealed that another 700 deaths were the result of “basic errors, including patients falling from carts, being out too early, or not receiving the correct tests or medications.”
For example, a patient treated by the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, who was considered at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), died after not receiving antiembolism stockings.
These are specially designed stockings that help reduce the risk of developing a DVT – or blood clot – in the lower leg after surgery, when people are not feeling well, or patients are less active than the normal.
According to the FoI report, a critically ill patient suffered from the flu while in A&E at the West Suffolk NHS Trust – but tragically later died of sepsis, according to the FoI report.
And at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, a patient died after his supplemental oxygen was accidentally withdrawn.
In another mistake, a patient died in the care of the North Bristol NHS Trust after surgical confusion meant the wrong section of his bowel was used to create a colostomy.
Unfortunately, a fatal error has occurred.
Dr Fiona Reynolds, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust
Commenting on the botched abortion, Dr Fiona Reynolds, Chief Medical Officer of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust, said: “Unfortunately, during a highly specialized fetal procedure in 2019 that involved operating in the womb to separate and potentially saving the life of a single twin who shared a placenta, a fatal error has occurred.
“A full and thorough investigation was carried out quickly after this tragic case and the findings were shared with the family, along with our sincere apologies and condolences.
“The result of this in-depth review has led to the development of a new protocol to reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening again. “
A spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explained that “Selective restriction of fetal growth is a condition that occurs in about 10-20% of twin pregnancies when one of the babies does not get enough food through it. the placenta to develop at a normal rate. .
“In the most severe cases, selective discontinuation may improve the chances of survival of the normally developed fetus at the expense of the severely limited growing co-twin. “
He added, “However, all of these procedures can lead to an increased risk of early or complete pregnancy loss.
“Parents who experience selective termination of twin pregnancies face distressing decisions and report feelings of anxiety, stress and emotional trauma.
“They must be supported by their clinical team during and after their pregnancy. “
In January 2020, BBC News reported that the NHS in England had to pay £ 4.3 billion in legal fees to settle outstanding clinical negligence claims.
The broadcaster, who also submitted a FoI claim, said that “every year the NHS receives more than 10,000 new compensation claims”.