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WA woman suffers stillbirth after clinical error

A West Australian mother has described the heartbreaking moment she found out her baby did not survive the delivery, due to a clinical mistake.

Sarah Hassan attended Bunbury’s St John of God Private Hospital on December 9 to have her baby, where she was mistakenly given 100 milligrams of morphine, estimated to be 10-times the prescribed dose.

As a result, she slipped into a coma and suffered from oxygen deprivation and heart failure, almost killing her in the process.

Sunny Alam and Sarah Hassan lost their baby boy due to a clinical error. (Nine)

Tragically her child Zahid did not survive.

“I was dreaming of a baby for a long time, for five years. It was the worst day. It just broke my whole life,” said Ms Hassan.

“The thing is I was asking myself every time, why did I take the morphine? Because of that I lost my child.”

Ms Hassan’s partner and the father of the child Sunny Alam said the day was unbearable.

“His body was still warm. What happened to my wife?” Mr Alam said.

“They’ve destroyed our family within one moment.”

Sarah Hassan attended Bunbury’s St John of God Private Hospital on December 9 to have her baby, where she was mistakenly given 100 milligrams of morphine, estimated to be 10 times the prescribed dose. (Nine)

In a statement St John of God Bunbury said a “serious clinical error” may have taken place, with current information leading medical investigators to believe it was caused by human error.

“St John of God Bunbury Hospital has confirmed that a serious incident involving a patient occurred at the hospital on 10 December, resulting in a stillbirth,” the hospital said.

“The mother was transferred to a tertiary hospital and we immediately commenced an internal review to determine the cause or any contributing factors.

“The group undertaking the review commenced investigation of a possible serious clinical error.”

The couple are shattered by the clinical error. (Nine)

Staff members who were involved in the incident have been stood down while an investigation is underway. The midwife involved has had her registration suspended and another staff member involved has resigned.

“We have kept the family informed and updated throughout this process,” the hospital said.

“This is a tragic occurrence. The hospital feels deeply for the family and will continue to investigate.”

Source: 9News | World News

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