A WOMAN whose unborn baby daughter died after hospital staff failed to diagnose a diabetic condition has received a five-figure sum in compensation.
Muna Jibril, aged 20, was admitted to the Jessop Wing of the Hallamshire Hospital when she was six-and-a-half months pregnant where she was seen by a junior doctor who diagnosed her with indigestion and sent her home.
But the next day she returned because her condition had deteriorated and she was struggling to breathe.
She was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition caused by lack of insulin in the body.
She was transferred to the high dependency unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital but a scan revealed her baby had died.
Tania Harrison, a clinical negligence specialist from Howells LLP who represented her, said: “Miss Jibril pursed a claim for clinical negligence against the hospital as she felt it was responsible for her daughter’s death.
“The hospital admitted its failure to diagnose the condition on her first visit caused the death of the Miss Jibril’s daughter. It accepted that, had she been seen by a more senior doctor, the severity of her condition would have been detected sooner and her daughter would have survived.”
A five-figure sum was awarded to Ms Jibril to compensate her for the pain and suffering she endured. Miss Jibril, now 23, said: “This was never about the money.
“The only reason I brought the action was to make people aware doctors can make mistakes and if you feel something is not right you should not be afraid to question it.
“I did not question the doctor’s diagnosis as I assumed he knew what he was doing.
“I have lost my daughter because of what has happened and I do not want the same to happen to someone else. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”
Hilary Chapman, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is with deep regret we fell short of the standards we and Miss Jibril would expect. We have given a full and unreserved apology and have carried out a full review.”