A Bridlington mum has been awarded compensation after suffering burns while undergoing an emergency caesarean section. Mary Ann Pattern was in labour at Scarborough Hospital when midwives realised the cord was wrapped around her baby’s neck and Miss Pattern was not sufficiently dilated.

Medics then decided to deliver the baby by caesarean section. But during the operation, a pair of cauterising tongs fell onto Miss Pattern’s calves, causing two large burns. Baby Tallulah-Ann was born safe and well on Christmas Eve 2011.

Mary Ann Pattern

Miss Pattern and her daughter remained in hospital for three days although she says her burns were never properly dressed and she was not given clear guidance on how to treat them. She was awarded five thousand pounds in compensation.

“We have apologised to Miss Pattern and are pleased that we have been able to reach an amicable settlement. We wish her well for the future.”