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Inquest hears of young mum's death

The family of a Hampshire woman who died whilst giving birth have said they will make a birth accident compensation claim.

The 22-year-old Portsmouth woman died of a brain haemorrhage during an emergency caesarean and a coroner has ruled that the death might have been avoided if she had seen a specialist prior to delivery.

Her family, who are now consulting personal injury solicitors about the prospect of making a no win, no fee compensation claim, insist that special precautions should have been taken because the woman's mother and aunt also died during childbirth.

An inquest into the 22-year-old's death discovered that an initial clinical error meant a specialist wasn't called in to examine the young woman, despite her having five further consultations with regular midwives.

Speaking at the inquest, the coroner said: "[The woman] died as a result of a cerebral haemorrhage in the context of a systematic failure to provide the specialist advice during her pregnancy that her family history required, despite the clear professional identification of what her needs were."

The inquest took place in Southampton and, after the hearing, the dead lady's family confirmed to journalists that they will be pursuing a birth injury compensation claim for damages.


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