A doctor whose actions decapitated a baby during childbirth has been cleared of misconduct.
Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman was in charge of a birth in Dundee, Scotland in 2014 during which a baby of a first time mother was decapitated.
Dr Laxman proceeded with the vaginal delivery of a baby despite all indications suggesting a caesarean section was the “only appropriate course” the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has ruled in an investigation, The Independent reports.
The baby was in the breech position, with a prolapsed cord and low heart rate; the mother's cervix was less than 4cm dilated.
The mother reported asking for a caesarean section but the doctor refused. The baby’s head became trapped during the birth and while the doctor tried to free him, the head was removed from the body.
The tribunal has ruled while the decision was “negligent” it was not serious misconduct.
Dr Laxman will not receive a formal warning over the case and an interim order on her medical registration has now been revoked.
She may now return to work.