A mom has filed a complaint with the hospital where her fourth child was born when she discovered that her doctor had performed an emergency C-section after she’d already given birth naturally.
21-year-old Amber Hughes, from Leicester, saw the look of utter shock spread across her partner’s face when her doctor attempted to deliver their son, Olly, via C-section at 30 weeks.
“It was horrific. I was expecting my bundle of joy to be passed to me, but instead I watched panic spread over doctors' faces,” she said.
Amber’s longtime partner, Daniel, 25, was horrified when the doctor cut open her belly only to find that there was no baby inside.
“I didn't even receive an apology. The doctor just explained that my baby had already began his descent in the birth canal when they cut me open and it was an odd situation,” Amber recalled. “I now have a visible scar that wasn't needed, and I'm still recovering from my C-section.”
According to the couple’s complaint, it took at least two minutes for the medical staff in the hospital room to notice Olly crying on the sheet between Amber’s legs.
“I was literally going into meltdown, where had my baby gone? It couldn't just disappear,” Amber said. “Suddenly we heard something. Then they found Olly under the sheet, having passed naturally.”
Because Olly was premature, he only weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces at birth, but he and his mom were both discharged from the hospital five weeks later.
“I'm thankful my baby is okay, but We'll never be able to forget the day the doctors lost our baby,” Amber said.