Oh dear, can't imagine the emotional upheaval that they went thru'.
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The devastating moment parents said goodbye to their son left severely brain-damaged by hospital blunders.
Tears streaming down his face, a father cradles his ten-day-old baby for the last time.
The photograph was taken on the day that Krishna Govekar and his wife made the heartbreaking decision to turn off their little boy’s life support machine.
Arun Rees was born with severe brain damage after hospital staff waited 90 minutes to deliver him, starving his brain of oxygen.
Devastated: Johanne Rees and Krishna Govekar say goodbye to their baby son Arun.
The medics failed to spot he was suffering complications in the womb, with one doctor even recommending that his mother simply needed to go the toilet.
Yesterday Mr Govekar and Johanne Rees agreed for this photo to be published in the hope it will help prevent similar tragedies.
Miss Rees’s pregnancy had already been judged high risk because she was 44 and had previously suffered a miscarriage.
She was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff at 32 weeks suffering from abdominal pains but says she was not properly treated for more than two hours even though heart monitor readings ‘clearly showed’ the baby was in distress.
Krishna Govekar holds Arun for the last time before the life support machine is turned off.
She said: ‘I just couldn’t understand why they weren’t doing anything to help me and my baby.
‘At my last antenatal visit I was told my baby was breech and I would need a Caesarean section. It was a no-brainer – I knew my baby needed to be delivered urgently. I was screaming in agony and begging the midwives to get my baby out but they just left me.
‘I couldn’t believe it when a doctor arrived and said I wasn’t ready to deliver but had probably eaten something that had disagreed with me and to try going to the toilet instead.’
Baby Arun suffered irreversible brain damage after being delivered through an emergency caesarean.
Eventually an emergency Caesarean was performed an hour and a half later on a second doctor’s recommendation.
Arun was taken to the special baby care unit after he was delivered but had suffered irreversible brain damage.
Miss Rees and Mr Govekar switched off his life support machine after ten days.
The couple who own a restaurant in Penarth, South Wales, said their lives had been completely devastated by the death of their son.
Miss Rees, now 48, said: ‘After the upset of an earlier miscarriage, we were both thrilled when I became pregnant again. It was all we wanted and it was taken away from us.’
Grief: Krishna Govekar and Johanne Rees are devastated by the death of their son.
She added: ‘As far as I am concerned the hospital has robbed me of a family. I am 48 now, I will probably never have a family.’
The couple spoke yesterday after winning a four-year battle for an apology from the hospital along with £160,000 in compensation.
Mr Govekar, also 48, said: ‘The last four years have been a relentless battle to gain answers. Arun’s death has taken its toll on us both.
‘It has affected our health, our ability to work and at times it threatened to break up our relationship completely.
‘We can only hope that we can now move forward with our lives.’
Their solicitor Guy Forster added: ‘Although baby Arun was premature he was well developed
and experts have confirmed that in all likelihood he would have survived had the staff taken appropriate action.’
He continued: ‘For Johanne and Krishna, this case has never been about the money but about ensuring that lessons have been learned, as they do not want any other couple to go through the tragedy they have experienced.’
Katie Norton, director of primary services for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said:
‘This was an exceptional and difficult case and we have worked with the staff to learn lessons.
‘I want to apologise again unreservedly on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for the distress that Ms Rees and Mr Govekar have experienced and offer our sincere condolences to them.’
Oh dear, can't imagine the emotional upheaval that they went thru'.
It's really very devastating...
Last time when I read stories like that, I'd feel sad but now after being a mother, I can feel the pain if my baby was taken away from me... I'd be completely lost as well....
Hopefully, somehow, they'd be able to have another child...
Oh god! So sad.. I can't take it.. Money can't compensate the life.. Stupid Hospital!!!
I hate such things... Gees.. that's really really bad.. Hopefully they can get another child, if not prob adoption is another way out for them..
OMG!! That is so sad... i cannot imagine their pain... =(
tats so sad............
Gosh....I will surely sue the doctors for their "stupidness and smartness".
I just feel like going home to hug my precious baby now.
Felt so heart pain...
omg, tts so sad!
the hospital is really so horrible.
no amt of money can compensate the loss of their only child...
cant imagine the grieve they r gg thru now......... (T.T)
its not in Singapore.... thank god.....
In UK, NHS (national health services) is free.... Maybe that's why... No motivation?? And literally cleaning up sh*t.
When I was studying there, I also met quite a few cannot be bothered nurses and doctors...
Thats so sad.Breaks my heart everytime i read something like this.Mistakes tht could have been avoided!!Poor parents..cant imagine wht they went through
Spore also has cases of hospital negligence but were all well covered up .... patients (especially those not well off to take up court case) just got to live with a weight in the heart or lifelong misery. Doctors just like to assume they are so experience n refused to listen to a mother's instinct.
Yeah.. Gotta agree with you... And now SG is planning to shorten the time it takes to train docs to get more local docs.
Stupid hospital really...!!
just to share what my mom told me.. last time singapore also like that.. cause delivering a child is cheap.. onli about $28.. though $28 that time is consider a little ex already..
pregnant women are along the corridors delivering babies.. thats y most pple ask midwives to go to their house to deliver.. unless serious cases then they go hospital...
the nurses would scold the pregnant women when they having contractions and screaming of pain.. say like "having sex that time can call loudly shiok .. now this type of pain cannot endure meh" smthing like that..
money will never get back what they have lost...
like you eat food tummy not pain, but when wanna shit, tummy will pain mahh!!
but anyway, how to compare sex n delivery. if any nurse make that kinda comment to me, sure complain her til her pants drop. n tell her, you stupid or what? P how big? baby how big!!!!!!!!!
cause like diymummy said, they cleaning up shit.. its so packed and so much confusion, everybody is calling out for them.. so they get pek chek all day.. tts y bad mood ..
oh dear~ i just saw this thread... it's very heartching for the couple to see their own baby pass away =(
Momomummy, i've heard of that before too.. about nurses scolding preg mummy when they scream loudly...