A medical tribunal has ruled that a Dundee doctor whose actions resulted in an unborn baby being decapitated during delivery is able to return to work. The tribunal held that Dr. Laxman's error of judgement doesn't make her an unfit doctor and that she may continue to practice medicine.
The tribunal on Tuesday cleared Dr Laxman of serious misconduct and said her fitness to practise was not impaired, The Independent said in its online report from the Press Association.
The verdict has not been received well by the citizens who are appalled how easily the doctor was let off.
Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman, 43, attempted a natural delivery even while the premature infant was in breech feet first position, instead of performing an emergency cesarean section, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester said in its report.
The mother reported asking for a caesarean section but the doctor refused.
It is believed the child was already dead before he was decapitated during the bungled 15 minute delivery.
She maintained that the baby would have died had a Caesarean section been carried out.
"The failing which the tribunal has found proved was not sustained, persistent or repeated, but rather a single error of judgement made in very hard circumstances", the panel's written decision said. "The central issue in this case is whether Dr Laxman's decision to attempt a vaginal delivery of Baby B rather than an immediate cesarean section under general anesthetic was clinically indicated, or whether the only proper course in the circumstances would have been to proceed to an immediate cesarean section", Tim Bradbury, the fact-finding panel chairman, said. The baby's head became trapped during the birth and while the doctor tried to free him, the head was removed from the body.
"The tribunal is satisfied that Dr Vilvanathan Laxman has expressed genuine and appropriate remorse for what happened, and she candidly accepted responsibility as the consultant in charge in theatre that day", it added.
Dr Vaishnavy Laxman escaped censure after a medical tribunal said she posed "no risk to patient safety".
As the patient's cervix was dilated 4 cm, the tribunal was of the view that it should have indicated to Dr Laxman that it was "insufficient" to deliver the baby's head.
"The tribunal wished to record that nothing in this determination should detract from the fact that on March 16, 2014, Dr Vilvanathan Laxman made a significant error of judgement which had serious consequences and a profound impact upon [the patient] and for which Dr Vilvanathan Laxman bears a heavy responsibility".
"Her wrong decision related to an isolated, single incident in an otherwise unblemished career".