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Pregnant nurse lost baby after being prescribed coodamol

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A heavily pregnant nurse who was sent home with painkillers after going to hospital in agony lost her baby days later.

Lekha James, 34, said she knew she had a urinary tract infection, but instead of being given antibiotics she was prescribed cocodamol for the pain.

Three days later she was rushed back to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester with septicaemia and clinicians could not find a heartbeat for her baby, which was later stillborn after labour was induced.

The hospital has admitted negligence in failing to diagnose and treat the infection that led to the death of Ms James’ baby son Aidan in March last year, and an investigation revealed a “staff attitude problem” and inadequate clinical assessment.

Ms James said she knew something was wrong when she went to hospital with pain in her stomach, abdomen and hips.

“I thought that I had a urinary tract infection but no one was listening to me,” she told the Daily Mail. “I did not want to leave the hospital but I felt I was not being given a choice.

“When I returned to the hospital a second time, I was seriously ill and I now know that I almost died because the infection had become so severe. We then discovered that our baby’s heart had stopped beating as a consequence of the infection.”

Ms James, who is a cardiac nurse at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, said she would never ignore something a patient tells her and hopes others will be prevented from going through what she experienced.

 

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  • Your headline is misleading. It assumes the lady lost her baby as a direct result of taking Co-Codamol. This analgesia is the most commonly prescribed one for pregnant women.
    How awful for this poor woman all because staff wouldn't listen to her. Surely they'd have done a urinalysis which would've shown something.

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  • How could this possibly be allowed to happen? how could any patient, and especially somebody with professional knowledge, not be listened to?

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  • Hopefully such cases are thoroughly investigated and appropriate measures taken to keep patients safer in the future.

    We cannot afford to ignore what anybody tells us concerning healthcare and especially patients.

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  • I know someone who lost a baby at a hospital as well. That was awful.

    Why does this still happen?

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  • tinkerbell

    astonishing arrogance not to listen to the patient.

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  • Is this the Mail on-line?

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  • michael stone

    'Anonymous | 31-May-2013 1:11 pm

    How could this possibly be allowed to happen? how could any patient, and especially somebody with professional knowledge, not be listened to?'

    I'm sorry, but there is a significant element within healthcare of 'we know best, we are the professionals' and even though this unfortunate patient was a nurse, there are far too many instances of patients not being listened to properly.

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  • DH Agent - as if ! | 1-Jun-2013 1:11 pm

    Why?

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  • Yes But

    Anonymous | 1-Jun-2013 1:21 pm

    If you mean why are patients not listened to, presumably, as Mike said

    'we know best, we are the professionals'

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  • I have been noticing for some time that listening to the patient seems to have gone out of fashion. What on earth were they giving her the co codamol for anyway? I wonder what their diagnosis was?

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