Lucy Howell, a 32-year-old mum from Bishop’s Waltham, Hants, died giving birth to second daughter Pippa on March 12, 2021. The case in the mother’s death is being heard in criminal court from Winchester in the week of April 2, 2022, according to The Sun. The hearing follows a damning report released earlier in the week on April 2, 2022 that at least 200 babies and nine mothers have died as a result of lapses at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, reports The SUN. It was reported that Lucy Howell gave birth to her first daughter in 2017 via cesarean section and had to undergo surgery to repair the scars.
To give birth to her second daughter, Pippa, in March 2021, Lucy Howell tried natural childbirth, but it went wrong. Her family, lawyer Vanessa Cashman and coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp believe Ms Howell was not properly informed of the risks she was taking by giving birth naturally. Lucy Howell died of a ruptured uterus and an amniotic fluid embolism. Lucy Howell was “admitted to Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester for induction. However, her uterus ruptured during childbirth and the baby was then born in her stomach”, according to The Sun.
This young mother would have received “contradictory advice”
Vanessa Cashman, the lawyer for Lucy Howell’s family said: “She’s been given conflicting advice – if you can call it that.” Coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp believes that the statements provided by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during the hearing do not provide a full explanation of what happened. “For the family, the Trust needs to show it has learned from what happened. But they can only learn from it if there has been an open and candid explanation of what happened. . The statements I’ve seen don’t reflect that at this time,” she said.
Lucy Howell © The Sun