Emergency caesarean performed on dying woman, 48, who WASN’T pregnant

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“In my opinion from the evidence I don’t think that the crew could have done any more than they did”

Sam Smith

Adele Barbour, 48, suffered a cardiac arrest after she was rescued from a car wreckage on the A46 in Nettleham, Lincolnshire, on January 17, last year. 

Tragically, she died of a cardiac arrest at Lincoln County Hospital shortly after the accident. 

Before her death, however, the decision was made to cut open her stomach to save an unborn child – one that wasn’t there. 

Lincolnshire Police’s PC Mark Brown said as he gave evidence: “Adele Barbour has failed to give way at the junction. She has pulled into the path of a Toyota Yaris across in the south-west-bound lane. 

“For an unknown reason she has not seen the oncoming Toyota Yaris. 

“Adele Barbour was driving her black Vauxhall Meriva on the A46 Lincoln Road at Nettleham. 

“She had started to turn right and has failed to give way and driving into the path of an oncoming Yaris. 

“The other driver was confronted by a car in her carriageway and had no way to avoid it. There is no evidence that her (the other driver) driving caused the collision.”

Coroner Marianne Johnson then raised questions about the decisions taken by medics who wrongly believed the unconscious Ms Barbour was pregnant.

The staff who arrived to the crash had raised concerns she might be pregnant due to her protruding stomach, so steps were taken to safeguard the supposed baby as CPR was given. 

East Midlands Ambulance (EMAS) launched an investigation following the death. 

Ultimately, Sam Smith – also of the EMAS – said: “In my opinion from the evidence I don’t think that the crew could have done any more than they did. 

“I would not recommend a different course of action.”

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