x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Sentence upheld for 'inexperienced' Sharjah doctor who caused newborn's death

Doctor who conducted an unnecessary caesarian, damaging the baby's lung, has her one-month prison term upheld by the Supreme Court.

ABU DHABI // A doctor who carried out an unnecessary caesarian that led to a baby's death has had her conviction upheld by the Federal Supreme Court.

The court upheld the one-month prison sentence, Dh10,000 fine and order to pay Dh200,000 blood money previously issued to the Sharjah-based gynaecologist by a lower court.

The doctor decided to carry out the caesarian earlier than necessary and damaged the baby's lung in the process.

She then tried to resuscitate the baby after wrongly diagnosing air in the right side of its chest.

These actions caused the baby to die, the court ruled.

A medical report found that the baby was in a "stable state" until the doctor started CPR on him, causing his condition to deteriorate.

The court also ruled the doctor was too inexperienced to treat newborn babies in such difficulties.

hdajani@thenational.ae