A mother has relived her horror after doctors performed an emergency C-Section on her when she was 30 weeks pregnant – minutes after she had given birth naturally.
Amber Hughes, from Leicester, said medics were baffled after cutting her open and finding no baby. They only discovered her newborn son in bedsheets two minutes later when he started crying.
The 21-year-old had delivered OIlly naturally at virtually the same moment that doctors performed a caesarean section.
Full-time mum Amber Hughes, 21, was horrified during an emergency C-Section when doctors couldn’t find her baby. The mother has described her fear when baffled doctors struggled to find the tot for two minutes
Amber and Daniel, 25, a plasterer, already had three children together, Kayden, 6, left, Harvey, 4, right, and Jessica, 2, middle, before their unexpected fourth, Olly, now six months
Amber said of the delivery at Leicester Royal Infirmary: ‘It was horrific. I was expecting my bundle of joy to be passed to me, but instead I watched panic spread over doctors’ faces.
‘For two whole minutes 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.
‘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.
‘I now have a visible scar that wasn’t needed, and I’m still recovering from my C-section.’
Baby Olly had slid out naturally and was only found when he began to cry. Amber, above with her long term partner, Daniel, 25, was frightened when she watched ‘panic spread over doctors faces’ during the procedure
In May 2015, the young mum was warned by doctors she’d have a premature pregnancy . Four weeks later, in June and at just 28 weeks, her water broke and in July, 16 days later, Amber went into labour with baby Olly
Amber and her long-term partner Daniel, 25, a plasterer, already had three children together, Kayden, 6, Harvey, 4 and Jessica, 2, before their unexpected fourth, Olly, now six months.
In May 2015, the young mum was warned by doctors she’d have a premature pregnancy after losing her mucus plug at 24 weeks.
Daniel was by my side the whole time. I was awake when they cut me open and could see Daniel’s baffled reaction when there was no baby there
Four weeks later, in June and at just 28 weeks, her water broke and in July, 16 days later, Amber went into labour.
At 3cms dilated and nearly 36 hours in labour, doctors feared Amber wouldn’t give birth naturally and due to her unborn baby having an infection, rushed her into theatre for an emergency C-Section.
She said: ‘I’d hoped for a natural birth like my other but they told me they had no choice because Olly wasn’t coming on his own and it was too dangerous to leave him.
‘Daniel was by my side the whole time. I was awake when they cut me open and could see Daniel’s baffled reaction when there was no baby there.
‘A nervous atmosphere filled the room,’ she continues, ‘They couldn’t find my baby!’
Five weeks later, the mother and baby were discharged. Olly was as fit as any other baby and was a healthy little fighter. Amber is currently in the process of complaining to the hospital and trying to get answers
Two minutes passed before doctors heard a cry and the baby had passed naturally the same moment they had cut her open.
Amber said how doctors frantically moved around her bed, before finding Olly under a sheet.
She said: ‘I was literally going into meltdown, where had my baby gone? It couldn’t just disappear.
‘Suddenly we heard something. Then they found Olly under the sheet, having passed naturally.
‘I was on an anaesthetic but could sense the panic. When we heard him cry I couldn’t fight my own tears.’
Weighing in at a tiny 3lb 6oz, Olly was taken to the antenatal unity, before being handed to the nervous couple an hour later.
A doctor later explained to the couple that as they performed the successful C-section, Olly had already began his descent in the birth canal.
She said: ‘For two minutes they had lost my baby. That is just ludicrous.’
Amber, who has been left with a scar, pictured, claims she didn’t even receive an apology, saying: ‘The doctor just explained that my baby had already began his descent in the birth canal when they cut me open’
Five weeks later, the mother and baby were discharged.
Olly was as fit as any other baby and was a healthy little fighter.
Amber is currently in the process of complaining to the hospital and trying to get answers.
She said: ‘My body was telling me it was ready and I should have listened to it. I now wear a scar that wasn’t needed, across my tummy.
‘I’m thankful my baby is okay, but We’ll never be able to forget the day the doctors lost our baby.’
Elaine Broughton, head of midwifery for Leicester’s Hospitals, said: ‘We were really very worried about Amber and her baby as there were signs of infection and her waters 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 being taken and Amber’s arrival in theatre, mother nature had once again taken over.
‘We’re looking at the chain of events in detail and will share our findings with the parents. We’re sorry that this happened but glad that mum and baby are doing well.’