Mum’s unborn baby dies as she’s ‘refused scan’ after arriving at hospital bleeding

Devastated Emma Hughes claims she was later told that a scan may have saved her unborn son’s life but she says hospital staff refused, saying there was ‘no point’

A mum who lost her unborn child claims medics refused her request to have a scan despite bleeding as she arrived at hospital.

Emma Hughes says she made it clear to staff she was at-risk for having a low-lying placenta and begged them to examine her further.

The 33-year-old rushed herself to Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital with bleeding and cramps on August 11.

She says that she was told that there was ‘no point’ in her having a scan – but tragically went on to lose her baby.

The heartbroken woman has spoken of her grief to BirminghamLive.

She said: “I explained that I couldn’t bleed because we could both die – but they said they wouldn’t give me a scan because I have one in two weeks time and said there was no point.

“I told them what was happening and was having tightening feelings as well.

“They said it was Braxton-Hicks and as it wasn’t fresh blood that I was fine.

“Obviously my concern was that it wasn’t fresh, how long had it been going on?”

On August 21, Emma returned to hospital with more concerns – two days before her scheduled scan.

This time she was given an ultrasound scan and received the heart-breaking news that her baby had no heartbeat.

She delivered Jaziah the next day via C-section.

Emma says she bled heavily during the procedure and required a blood transfusion.

She believes that if she had received a scan when she presented with bleeding, Jaziah could have been saved.

“After it happened the panic and pain I felt was awful because I blamed myself for not doing more,” she said.

“I told myself I should have demanded a scan but when professionals tell you something over and over again, you think you must be ok and are just being paranoid.

“Because they’re experts and they tell you it’s ok, you believe them and listen.

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“We think if they would have scanned me then, he might have been saved.

“When we went and they told us there was no heartbeat, two people scanned us and one implied that if I’d have been scanned before, they would have seen something.”

Tracy Palmer, Director of Midwifery at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “We are extremely sorry to hear about the sad loss and experience Ms Hughes encountered whilst under our care.

“We take all matters and concerns seriously, and would encourage Ms Hughes to contact our maternity service or Patient and Liaison Service so her concerns and questions can be fully heard and explored.

“It is hoped that the cuddle cot which was utilised for her baby in hospital and at home bought some much needed comfort to her and her family at such a difficult time.

“We are incredibly grateful that at such a sad time she is taking the time to fundraise to purchase another cuddle cot for our maternity / neonatal service. This will enable us to support more families who sadly suffer the loss of their baby.”

Emma is now turning her grief into something positive and fundraised to provide another cooling cot for the hospital.