Mr Nelson recorded a conclusion of death by natural causes.
He stated that Mohammed’s death was due to extreme prematurity brought about by compassionate termination of pregnancy, with a secondary cause of congenital malformations.
I love that ‘compassionate’ in there, don’t you? But according to this dictionary, it’s another word that doesn’t mean what they think it means…
After talking to her husband, Shakeel Ahmed, and discussing options with clinicians, a decision was made to terminate the pregnancy.
Mrs Khan went to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester for a procedure to end the baby’s life. This involved a chemical being injected into the umbilical cord and was done on February 16 by Dr Philip Bullen.
He told assistant coroner Simon Nelson: “I was extremely shocked to hear what had happened … I was stunned as the procedure had gone exactly how we like the procedure to go, very smoothly.”
‘Honest, guv, it should’ve worked!’
Dr Bullen said he had listened for a heartbeat, but could not hear one before he sent Mrs Khan to Royal Bolton Hospital where labour was induced.
He added that new guidance has now been drawn up following Mohammed’s death which includes listening for a heartbeat for longer.
I wish I believed in hell, so I could hope those involved in these ‘procedures’ would go there…