Should I be upset that my bubs deformaties were'nt picked up?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy Chat' started by Todd, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. Todd

    Todd New Member

    Sep 28, 2016
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    Long story short. We just had a beautiful baby boy 6 weeks premature. He was born with DiGeorge syndrome, ie 22q deletion syndrome. When he was born he had Talipes of the wrist and feet ie Clubfoot and Clubhand. He's missing his radius bone in his arm and missing his thumb. He also has a heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallow which includes having a hole in the middle of his heart. He has an extra rib and some hemi-vertebra's in his spine.

    Now my best friend is quite alternative and didn't have an obstetrician or do any scans and had a home birth to a perfectly healthy girl. Im not like my friend though. I wanted the best obstetrician to do as many scans and tests as possible to give me the best chance at having a healthy baby. So we got the most expensive most recommended obstetrician we could find.

    As we lost our last baby at 20 weeks, we wanted to get scanned more often than normal to which we did. My wife also had gestational diabetes which meant she had to be closely monitored. So she was scanned every 3 weeks and even had a 3d scan at 32 weeks I think. Our obstetrician did all the internal and external scans himself and didn't pick up any of these problems the whole way through. He never referred us to get scanned at a proper Radiography Clinic neither.

    We went through IVF with him to which I find out now that they can pre-test the eggs for chromosomal problems before they implant. You can also get a blood test for DiGeorge syndrome to which he never informed us about.

    So I don't know if I should be upset with our obstetrician or whether all these things aren't that easily picked up. Im definitely angry with myself to the point of anxiety and depression.

    Would just love to hear someone else's opinion or if anyone else has been through this similar situation.

  2. Blueclass

    Blueclass Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2015
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    Hi i would be uoset rhat this was not picked up on. It may not have changed my mind but at least you can prepare your self. Im gussing your from the states? Im not sure how it works there but is there away of getting some money back so if you decide to try again you can afforfd it? Hope your little one will be ok.
  3. Pambi

    Pambi Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2016
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    I have a lot of experience of clinical negligence and managing the performance of clinical and medical staff. I would report the OB to the relevant professional body if you can. It sounds like a possible case of negligence and while it may not be, there should be some form of investigation.

    If you are in the UK, you can raise a formal complaint with the relevant NHS Trust and with the GMC.
  4. mummywanabe

    mummywanabe Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2011
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    Unfortunately a lot of this may not always be picked up on scans due to babies position at the time of scan etc, and the person doing the scan is only human there is always room for human error as its not always 100% possible to see everything. However I would be more upset about them not giving you all the options before you had treatment

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