A doctor made “an astonishing mistake” while performing a Caesarean section, a Medical Council inquiry heard on Thursday.Dr Andrea Hermann allegedly left the lower half of a mother’s uterus “in the breeze” after failing to suture the section properly, Dr Hermann’s former supervisor claimed.“Somewhat remarkably, Dr Hermann has completely failed to take these basic steps.” Dr Hermann, who previously worked as an obstetric and gynaecology registrar at Sligo General Hospital, faces allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance, as well as a contravention of a provision of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007.
It’s an astonishing mistake.” Dr Langan, who completed the surgery, said she was concerned the mother would bleed heavily if she had not intervened, pointing out that massive obstetric haemorrhages were still one of the biggest killers of mothers today.
Expert witness Dr Philip Owen, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist based in Glasgow, told the inquiry on Thursday that Dr Hermann demonstrated a “very sub-standard approach” to the closing of Patient F’s uterus.
“The approach to closing a uterotomy is recognised and straightforward,” said Dr Owen.
“What I found was that she had managed to suture the abdominal wall to the uterus, and had left the lower part of the uterus in the breeze, effectively,” said Dr Langan.
“My concern was that what she had done in surgical terms made absolutely no sense.
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