“We remain devastated at the loss of Jade. Her death has cast a long shadow over our lives and our world has irrevocably changed," said Hart's mother.
Severe errors from senior members at a West Yorkshire Hospital led to the death of a first-time mom, just hours after she gave birth. Jade Hart, who belonged to Pontefract, was full of excitement and anticipation for the birth of her son, Hugo. She went into labor and gave birth to her son just after 10 p.m. on July 8, 2018, at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, reported The New York Post. But after giving birth, the woman suffered from uterine inversion — a rare complication in which the uterus turns partially or completely inside out, leading to her death.
Mother died hours after giving birth due to hospital medics' 'exceptionally bad' decisions, inquest hears https://t.co/ipt1bGroKP— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 3, 2022
An inquest at Nottingham Coroner’s Court has concluded that this occurred as a result of mistakes carried out by one of her doctors and a midwife at the hospital. It was found that the woman's umbilical cord was pulled at least four times by a doctor when her placenta had not separated. The inquest noted that the woman's death could have been avoided had the hospital staff been responsible. Assistant Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Didcock labelled the action as “a very serious omission of care” which led to Hart’s death. A report issued at the inquest found that the mother had suffered multiple cardiac arrests and would not have died if it were not for the uterine inversion.
She lost over five liters of blood, which eventually led to organ failure and brain damage, and ultimately, her death. While these could not have been foreseen by the staff, it was a result of guidance not being followed, the inquest concluded. Speaking after the inquest, Julie Hazelgrave, Jade’s mother, said her daughter who had “a great zest for life” was “wonderfully kind and caring.” Before the incident, Hart was well, although she did have high blood pressure prior to labor being induced.
Our thoughts are with all Jade's loved oneshttps://t.co/WKuelVEqEi— NottinghamshireLive (@nottslive) June 2, 2022
"Jade had a perfect life and marriage and, when their son was born, I saw that Jade was the happiest she had ever been. Cruelly, all happiness was short-lived when, within one hour of birth, Jade collapsed and died in the immediate hours thereafter," said Hazelgrave. “We remain devastated at the loss of Jade. Her death has cast a long shadow over our lives and our world has irrevocably changed. We miss Jade every single day and always will.”
Her husband Richard Hart said, "Being independent and thorough, Jade's inquest has been invaluable to our understanding of what happened to Jade, that turned what should have been a wholly wonderful day into one with tragedy," per Nottingham Post. He further added, "It is time to find some peace and time to grieve the gift that was Jade, while concentrating on the joy and gift that Jade gave to us, our beautiful son." Richard Hart also mentioned that he has no recollection of her being asked to push or making sounds to suggest she was pushing, after the birth, as was initially suggested by her doctor. She reportedly asked for an epidural before going into labor but it was rejected, fearing it would shoot up her pressure. However, the inquest said that it would have actually helped her with the pain.
“Serious omissions has led to insufficient learning and no acceptance that this had caused serious distress to the family," said Didcock of the incident. “This poses a risk of similar deaths occurring in the future. I am not reassured the necessary actions are in place.” She told the family: “I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s also my hope that lessons will be learned that will lead to improvements in care going forward.”
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