Mother left brain dead suffered cardiac arrest during labour
First-time mother, 17, who was left brain dead after birth of baby boy had suffered a cardiac arrest during labour due to severe blood loss, inquest hears
- Teegan Barnard, 17, gave birth to baby boy Parker in September 2019
- Teenage mother suffered haemorrhage bleed which led to a cardiac arrest
- She was left with unsurvivable brain damage due to oxygen starvation
A teenage mother who was left brain dead after the birth of her baby had suffered a cardiac arrest during labour due to a blood loss, an inquest heard today.
Teegan Barnard, 17, had given birth to a healthy baby boy, Parker, in September 2019 before she suffered a postpartum haemorrhage bleed in the delivery room which led to a massive cardiac arrest.
Doctors and midwives at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester battled to save her and performed CPR, but the first-time mother was left with unsurvivable brain damage due to oxygen starvation.
Heartbreaking pictures taken before she died show baby Parker smiling as he cuddles up to the first-time mother.
Teegan was discharged from hospital to spend her final days with her family and died on October 7, 2019.
An inquest which was opened by Assistant Coroner for West Sussex Alicia Keen in Crawley today heard the teenager had been admitted to hospital on September 8 in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Teegan Barnard, 17, had given birth to a healthy baby son, Parker, who was born in September 2019 weighing 9lb 9oz. But the first-time mother suffered a postpartum haemorrhage bleed in the delivery room which led to a massive cardiac arrest
Coroner’s Officer Geoff Charnock said: ‘The baby was born by emergency caesarian on September 9. Teegan suffered a cardiac arrest and significant postpartum haemorrhage.
‘She was allowed home on September 26 to spend her final days with her family. Teegan died at 11.30am on October 7 at her home address in Havant.’
The inquest was told a post-mortem carried out later concluded her death was caused by pneumonia, cerebral hypoxia and cardiac arrest following postpartum haemorrhage.
Speaking earlier her mother Abbie Hallawell said: ‘We are all in terrible shock, I just want Teegan back. I didn’t realise my heart could break into a million pieces. I’ll never be the same again.’
Abbie, who is now a grandmother and will raise Parker with his father Leon Forster, also spoke about her proud she was of both her daughter and grandson.
Heartbreaking pictures taken before she died show baby Parker smiling as he cuddles up to his mother. Teegan was discharged from hospital and died on October 7, 2019
However, she is desperately upset that her daughter, who had worked as a pizza chef, will not be able to see her son grow up.
Speaking to Fabulous Digital in 2019, Abbie, 35, said: ‘Seeing Parker in his mummy’s arms where he belongs has been so important to me.
‘She was so looking forward to being a mummy, she was so excited. She would have been the best mummy in the world. She had so much love for him and didn’t even get to show him.’
Her mother also praised the hospital where she gave birth and claimed that they were amazing while they went through a traumatic time.
Teegan’s pregnancy was completely normal but her labour was particularly complicated and she suffered internal bleeding.
As soon as she’d given birth to baby Parker she had a cardiac arrest in the delivery room.
Tests later revealed there was no brain activity though doctors were able to keep her alive for a month while her son enjoyed cuddles with his mother – including one just hours before she died.
A full inquest into her death will be held at Crawley on May 27 this year.
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