Devastated mother whose baby boy was decapitated at birth reveals the doctor reattached his head so she could say goodbye
Laura Gallazzi was a little over 25 weeks pregnant with her baby boy when he was delivered at the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee
A woman, whose baby had been decapitated during delivery, has come forward and spoken about the horrifying experience. Laura Gallazzi was a little over 25 weeks pregnant with her baby boy when he was delivered at the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland. The expectant mother thought she would have a Cesarean because the baby had been in a breech position during labor, but Dr. Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman decided against it and went along with a regular delivery.
A medical tribunal found later the baby's head became trapped during the birthing process, and even though many techniques were tried to free the baby, his "head became detached from his body". The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MTPS) panel said the baby was already dead when this happened.
Gallazzi told the BBC in an interview that after the devastating incident took place, another doctor there reattached the baby's head so that his mother could spend some time with the body. She said: "The next thing I thought was 'I don't want to see him, don't bring him in here', because I didn't know what I was going to be looking at. But the doctor, she was really lovely. She said, 'it's alright'. Her words were 'I've fixed him'. I couldn't hold him properly but I was able to look at him, and kiss him and smell him. But it wasn't the same, it's not the same as what it should have been."
Gallazzi said the hospital midwives had helped her get ready for a premature birth and everything seemed like it was going alright when she first went to the hospital. She told the BBC: "I was told my baby was OK. They wanted to keep him in my belly for as long as possible because he was in the best possible place - and I was in the hospital so I was in the best place."
She added that she was moved into the labor suite as a precautionary measure when she felt a tightening sensation around her stomach. The following day, however, the umbilical cord started emerging from the womb and the staff immediately jumped into action.
She told the broadcaster: "I started screaming, panicking and shouting, hitting the buzzer and all these midwives came in. I was taken to the first available room, put on the bed, wheeled through to theater, put on another bed. I heard something about being only being two to three centimeters. My son's heart rate was dipped but it was there."
"I was thinking to myself 'You have to stay calm, you have to stay calm for your son. You're in the right place, all these people know what they're doing. Just trust them'. The doctor said 'Push' - and I'm thinking to myself 'No, I'm not in labor, I don't feel like I need to push'."
The mother and the hospital staff continued trying to get baby Steven out for another 20 to 25 minutes. Gallazzi said she had become "absolutely distraught" when the doctor told her that her infant had died.
The MTPS panel has since cleared Dr. Laxman of serious misconduct and has said her fitness to practice had not been impaired. They finally ruled she could return to work. Gallazzi has now launched a petition on Change.org for Scottish law to give any stillborn babies in the country a legal identity.