Family calls for class after Havant teen dies at birth

A delay in identifying the cause of cardiac arrest “contributed significantly to the death of a 17-year-old mother,” an investigation has found.

Teegan Barnard suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage two hours after she was born at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, and her medical examination was completed on Wednesday.

The Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said it was “determined” to act on “any intelligence that it could find”.

On September 9, Ms Barnard underwent an emergency caesarean section at St Richard’s Hospital.

After regaining consciousness from general anesthesia, she suffered an “irreparable” brain injury after a prolonged cardiac arrest, the investigation found.

West Sussex’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Karen Henderson, concluded that the cardiac arrest was the result of “bilateral tension pneumothoracias,” in which air collects between the chest wall and the lungs.

She said the cause of this condition remained unclear “but in circumstances where a delay in detection and treatment was a major contributor to her death.”

Tim Taylor, Medical Director of the Trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital, said: “We are committed to implementing whatever insights are possible from the investigation, while we continue to do everything we can to improve our services to the women and children in our care.” , he added in a statement.

Teegan’s family is now calling for lessons to be learned.

Teegan, a pizza maker, was discharged from the hospital to spend her final days at the family home in Havant. She died on October 7, 2019.

The family and their legal team have now spoken out after an inquest into her death has been completed.

After Teegan’s death, her parents, Abbie Hallawell and Trevor Barnard, worked with medical negligence attorneys at Irwin Mitchell to find answers.

Ms Hallawell said: “It is almost impossible to find the words to describe the hurt and pain our family is feeling following Teegan’s death. The last three years have been a living nightmare that no parent should go through.

“Our lives aren’t the same without Teegan. She was such a loving and caring girl who enjoyed things people her age did like meeting friends and horseback riding. She had an infectious personality and a wonderful smile. It’s devastating to think she’ll never reach her potential in life.”

The Argus: Teegan, right, and her mother, AbbieTeegan, right, and her mother, Abbie (Image: Solent)

Rebecca Brown, Irwin Mitchell’s medical negligence attorney, said after the hearing, “Trying to come to terms with what happened and the incredibly harrowing circumstances surrounding Teegan’s death has been incredibly difficult for the entire Teegan family.

“For more than three years, they have had a number of concerns about the events leading up to her death, with the inquest identifying troubling issues in Teegan’s care.

“While nothing can ever make up for what they’ve been through, we’re glad we were at least able to give Abbie and Trevor the answers they deserve.

“We continue to support the family during this difficult time, while we continue to advocate for improvements in maternity safety nationwide.”

Ms Hallawell added: “We would like to thank the coroner for conducting such a thorough investigation and for listening to our concerns.

“While investigating and hearing the evidence as to why Teegan died was incredibly traumatic, it is something we had to do to honor her memory.

“We know nothing can bring Teegan back or fill the void in our lives.”

Parker, Teegan’s son, is now three years old.

“All we can do now is make sure Parker fully understands what he meant to Teegan, how much she loved him and how proud she would have been of him,” Ms Hallawell said.

“Teegan may not be with us, but she will always be a part of our family.

“All we can hope for now is that her death was not entirely in vain and improvements are being made to help other mothers. We would not wish on anyone the pain and aches and pains we continue to live with.” Family calls for class after Havant teen dies at birth

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