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, 20, was admitted to the Jessops Wing of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital when she was six-and-a-half months pregnant.
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 pursued a claim for clinical negligence against the hospital as she felt that it was responsible for her daughter’s death.
“The hospital admitted that its failure to diagnose the condition on her first visit caused the death of 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.”
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 isn’t right you should not be afraid to question it”