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Posted 4 February 2016
by Stuart Bramley

Newborn twin dies following massive brain injury just 24 hours after doctor is accused of bungled delivery

Stuart Bramley, a Tozers partner specialising in birth injuries, writes –


“The facts of this story are horrific but sadly they are not particularly unusual. Lawyers dealing with claims arising from mishandled deliveries are all too familiar with excessive force being used to free babies who become stuck. When this occurs, there are a number of recognised manoeuvres which do not harm mother or baby and pulling with this degree of traction is unnecessary.”


Stuart added: “I am dealing with a similar claim where the efforts to free the foetal head resulted in severe skull fractures and possible brain injury and in the very many claims handled at Tozers involving shoulder dystocia (where it is the baby’s body rather than the head which becomes impacted, because one shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone) we are unfortunately familiar with obstetricians and midwives trying to remedy the problem by pulling too hard, as appears to have happened with Harry Page.


I do hope both that Harry’s parents obtain the explanations and justice they badly need, and that staff not only at the John Radcliffe Infirmary but elsewhere learn something from this case so that similar tragedies may be avoided in future.”


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About the author

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor with over 25 years' experience of medical claims and inquests