"A pregnant woman in the U.K. was left unattended for hours and had to give birth on a hospital floor despite her desperate appeal for a bed."
Earlier this month, 36 year old Lynne Neilson arrived at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary, and was forced to wait in an "assessment room" for hours. About 7:30 in the morning on December 5th, they got to the hospital as Mrs Neilson was experiencing labor pains. After they began to subside, the Neilson's were sent home with instructions to return when her contractions got closer.
Which, of course, they did.
Some 12 hours later, they returned to the hospital, but were told to wait. The contractions began coming closer -- and harder -- and Mr Neilson began pleading for help. Eventually, a midwife was called in, just in time to "catch the baby, who had the umbilical cord around her neck."
Of course we're thrilled that the baby seems no worse for the experience (although that was certainly not a sure thing), but one wonders why Mr Neilson's repeated requests for help apparently fell on deaf ears. Meantime, the MVNHS© is "investigating the complaint and has apologized to the woman."