Amber Hughes, 21, was rushed to the operating table for an emergency C-section after a 36-hour labor as doctors feared the baby had an infection, reports The Sun.
For two terrifying and painful minutes, confused doctors searched inside Hughes for a baby, but didn't see one.
“It was horrific. I was expecting my bundle of joy to be passed to me, but instead I watched panic spread over doctors' faces," said Amber of her experience at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
"They were truly baffled until they heard little cries coming from my lap and pulled up the sheet to find Olly lying in between my legs. I wondered if it was the drugs I was on and I was imagining it; not only was I cut open unnecessarily, but my poor baby was under a sheet alone."
The mom of four is furious that she now bears a caesarian scar that was, essentially, unnecessary.
The unfortunate situation is not so much an error as a matter of timing according to Elaine Broughton, head of midwifery for Leicester’s Hospitals.
Broughton said: “We were really very worried about Amber and her baby as there were signs of infection and her water had broken quite some time ago, yet the delivery didn’t appear to be progressing.
"The decision to carry out an emergency Caesarean is never taken lightly, but we thought it was for the best in this case.
“Clearly, between the decision to operate and Amber’s arrival in the operating room, Mother Nature had taken over.
“We are looking at the chain of events in detail and will share our findings with the parents. We are sorry this happened but glad mom and baby are doing well.”
A traumatised mother has spoken of her experience after doctors performed an emergency caesarean just minutes after she gave birth naturally. http://bit.ly/1Sk1W1CPosted by The Australian Women's Weekly on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
A traumatised mother has spoken of her experience after doctors performed an emergency caesarean just minutes after she gave birth naturally. http://bit.ly/1Sk1W1C
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