Tragic young mum died giving birth at Sheffield hospital

A young mum who suffered severe complications during her pregnancy died giving birth in Sheffield, an inquest heard.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:01 am

Hayley Roberts passed away during an elective C-section at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on March 3 this year, aged just 34.

The baby, her third child, survived.

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The inquest was heard at Sheffield's Medico-Legal Centre this morning.

An inquest held at the Sheffield Medico-Legal Centre this morning heard that Hayley, a self-employed cleaner from The Wirral, Merseyside, had endured a difficult pregnancy after being diagnosed with a potentially deadly condition named placenta percreta.

She was offered a termination after being warned the condition could cause severe complications, but chose to continue with the pregnancy.

The next few months were fraught with worry for Hayley and she reported feeling ‘very low’ due to concerns that something would happen to her and the baby.

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On February 21, Hayley was rushed to hospital and on February 23 was blue-lighted to the Jessops wing at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield for the specialist care she needed.

On March 3, following a ‘window of improved maternal condition’, it was decided that Hayley would deliver at 31 weeks by C-section.

But, following delivery she suffered a ‘massive haemorrhage’ that was ‘impossible to control’ and died in the operating theatre.

Hayley leaves behind a husband along with her three children.

Assistant coroner Tanyka Rawden concluded that Hayley died from a haemorrhage, disseminated intravascular coagulation and organ failure during a C-section.

She felt that ‘all appropriate medical and surgical’ action was taken by medics.

“I would like to say to Mr Roberts and all of Hayley's family and friends how truly sorry I am,” said Ms Rawden.

"I cannot imagine what you've been through and offer my sincerest condolences.”

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