Doctor who decapitated baby cleared to return to work

The tribunal’s decision has sparked widespread outrage across the UK

A doctor who inadvertently caused an unborn baby to be decapitated during a difficult breech delivery has been cleared by a tribunal to return to work.

Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, a consultant gynaecologist working in Scotland, was immediately suspended following the incident in March 2014.

But this week, a medical tribunal found that while she was “culpable” of medical failures, the baby’s death was the result of “a single error of judgment made in very difficult circumstances" and cleared her of misconduct.

As reported in 6minutes last month, Dr Laxman was at the end of a 24-hour shift when a 30-year-old primigravida arrived at the maternity department in labour at 25 weeks'.

The baby was in the breech position and had a prolapsed cord, and the mother’s cervix was less than 4cm dilated.