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Gave Birth by C-Section—Felt Everything

Published onsdag 10 februari 2010 kl 16.15

A mother has reported University Hospital in Lund to Sweden’s Medical Responsibility Board for negligence after she gave birth by caesarean and—despite anaesthetic—felt everything.

Seven months after her ordeal, Hanna Spånberg told Swedish Radio News reporter Wednesday about the pain she endured on the operating table.

“It was terrible. There was some sort of misunderstanding. I’d never had a spinal injection and didn’t know what it was supposed to feel like. Everyone thought I was anesthetised but when they began the operation, we soon realised that I wasn’t. As soon as the first incision was made, I could feel it, but by then it was too late for an anaesthetic. It was obvious to everyone that I was in severe pain.”

When local anaesthetic is ineffective and the patient can still feel pain, routine hospital procedure should ensure that general anaesthetic is administered.

The child as well as the mother needs to be taken into consideration during a caesarean, says Bengt Roth, acting head of the University of Lund’s anaesthetic department.

“I have not come across a case like this in the entire 35 years I have been here. This is extremely rare”, he said.

The management at the Lund clinic admit their fault in not reporting the incident to the chief doctor, who is responsible for filing mistakes made in the health service to the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Hanna Spånberg hopes that her report to the Medical Responsibility Board will help change hospital routines and save someone else the pain she went through.

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