First-time mother's 'inconsolable' agony after baby boy was decapitated in botched birth

Mail Online | 9/7/2018 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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A first-time mother has spoken of her 'inconsolable' agony after her baby boy was decapitated in a botched birth.

Laura Gallazzi, 34, was rushed into hospital after only 25 weeks of being pregnant- but had no way of knowing that her the doctor trying to deliver her new born baby Steven would accidentally decapitate him.

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When she arrived at hospital The British Red Cross worker was told she had suffered a prolapsed umbilical cord and she was 'petrified', but expecting a C-section.

Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 43, attempted to carry out the delivery naturally at Dundee's Ninewells hospital and urged the patient to push whilst herself applying traction to the baby's legs.

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It caused the infant's legs, arms and torso to become detached, leaving the head still in his mother's womb.

Two other doctors subsequently carried out a C-section on the woman to remove the infant's head.

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The baby's head was 're-attached' to his body so his mother could hold him before she said goodbye.

It is believed the child was already dead before he was decapitated during the bungled 15 minute delivery.

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Recalling her nightmare, she told The Sun: 'Dr Laxman sat to the edge of my bed.

'She told me Steven hadn't made it.

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'I told her, 'Don't worry, these things happen.' I thought it was because I was only 25 weeks.

'I didn't know something untoward had happened. I even held her hand. I told her I forgave her.'

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Laura and her husband Steve McCusker had spent a year trying to get pregnant and could not wait to be new parents.

She added: 'My son was dead and then they told me he had been decapitated. I was screaming, My poor baby.

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'Why didn't they give me the C-section in the first place? Instead of having to carry it out to retrieve my son's head?

'If I didn't have...
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