Spanish hospital faces legal action after the death of unborn twins

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Punta Europa Hospital, Algeciras

A COUPLE are taking action against a hospital after they believe medical negligence led to the loss of their unborn twins.

Unable to conceive via conventional means, Sergio Ceballos and his wife, Miren Nekane Becerra from Los Barrios in Cadiz, had opted for in vitrus fertilisation (where the egg is fertilised outside of the body, such as in a test tube).

Following an appointment with a gynaecologist, Miren, 38, was told that she must visit the Emergency Room should she experience any pains because it was twins she was expecting.

The six-month-pregnant Miren suffered abdominal pain and bleeding and went straight with Sergio, 39, to the emergency department at Punta Europa Hospital, Algeciras.

Sergio told Spanish media sources that he believes the hospital were not very interested.

He says that they suggested the issue was high blood pressure due to a urine infection, then dispensed some medication and sent the his wife home.

Hours later, Miren´s waters broke and Sergio immediately called 061 (the number for serious health emergencies in which a person´s life may be in danger).

He called them again as he believed they were slow in arriving whilst his wife was collapsing on the floor as the first baby was arriving.

When the ambulance did arrive, Sergio claims that only the driver came, telling him that he is not authorised to intervene medically and the pair had to help the struggling mother-in-labour to the vehicle and they rushed to the Los Barrios health centre, where the second baby arrived.

The grieving father is adamant that when they first went to the E.R. his wife should have been kept in for observation.

She has been kept in since the incident due to high blood pressure but the pair claims to have received very little information throughout the ordeal.

The hospital has confirmed that they are looking into the case and that the patients commission have met to discuss the issue.

They have offered the family condolences, informed them that the case has been opened and stated that the couple will be given timely information throughout the process.

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