First-time mother delivers son in toilet bowl after nurses tell her she’s not yet due to give birth
Yet another NHS childbirth nightmare
A first-time mother delivered her son alone into a toilet bowl after hospital staff told her she was not ready to give birth. Bethany Kennedy, 22, had to scoop her ‘blue’ son Harrison out herself at King George Hospital in Essex. She said midwives did not believe she was about to give birth and when she said she wanted to push it was suggested she needed the toilet instead.
Miss Kennedy from Dagenham in Essex, said: ‘Harrison dropped straight into the toilet. His head had even gone under the u-bend of the bowl. ‘My son could have died just because they didn’t take me seriously. I’m now terrified of giving birth again.’
Miss Kennedy was taken to the hospital in February last year when her labour started and when she told staff she felt like she needed to push she was given an examination and told she would not be giving birth soon. She went to the toilet where she suddenly felt her son’s head and screamed for help. She added: ‘I could feel his head and started screaming and screaming for the nurses to come. The toilet is opposite the nurses station and the door was open so they would have heard. ‘But none of the staff came. They didn’t seem to believe I was giving birth.’
Instead her partner heard her calls and rushed to help. Miss Kennedy said: ‘It was then that Harrison dropped out of me and straight into the toilet. ‘We scooped him out and he was all blue and not crying. I was sure he was going to die. A midwife came and took him and he started crying. ‘No mother should have to go through what I did.’
The baby was given antibiotics as a precaution in case he picked up an infection from the toilet and was monitored in hospital for a week.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust which runs King George Hospital has apologised after Miss Kennedy made a formal complaint.
Carol Drummond, director of women’s and children’s services at the trust, said: ‘A first-time mother’s cervix usually dilates at less than 1cm an hour and to reduce the risk of infection, examinations are usually not performed more frequently than every four hours. ‘Miss Kennedy’s cervix dilated far quicker than would be expected, and she delivered her baby in the bathroom.
‘We try to ensure that every woman has the best possible experience of labour and childbirth, and are making improvements to our maternity services.’
Muslim ego kills
A hit-and-run driver who mowed down and killed a church-going grandmother while doing 70mph in a 30 zone has been jailed for nine years. Salim Chand, 27, who had already been banned from driving, knocked over Freda Holt, 70, in a supercar as she stepped out into the narrow residential road outside her home.
Mrs Holt’s husband Ray, 72, was seconds away from the scene and saw his wife’s body in the road in Blackburn, Lancashire.
The driver was in a Mercedes C63 AMG he hired as an ‘item of boast’ for a wedding, the court heard. Instead of stopping after the crash, Chand sped off and phoned the rental company and reported a ‘minor bump’ from a mile down the road. Witnesses claimed they had seen Chand speeding at up to 100mph in the moments leading up to the crash.
The judge at Preston Crown Court said Mrs Holt ‘didn’t stand a chance’ as he jailed the defendant who had admitted causing death by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and driving without a licence.
Prosecutor Paul Brookwell said there were no brake marks found on the road after he hit the retired yoga teacher and churchgoer. He later clipped a parked car further up the 30mph road.
Chand was on bail when he knocked over Mrs Holt as she stepped into the road last November after being caught dealing £500 of cannabis from a car in Blackburn. He also had a string of driving convictions and breaches of court orders.
Alan Wolstenholme, defending, said his client’s remorse remorse was ‘genuine’ and not ‘self-pity’ adding his character was ‘not all dark’.
But as he jailed him, Judge Anthony Russell QC said: ‘Your conduct in this case shows otherwise. ‘Following on from what was particularly bad driving at high speed which attracted the attention of onlookers so bad was it, you ploughed into Freda Holt. She didn’t have a chance.’
The defendant was also banned from driving for ten years.
Muslim fined for burning Remembrance Day poppy
But the fine he was given was a joke. By contrast, a Holocaust denier got four years in jail
A MUSLIM extremist who burned replica poppies – a symbol of remembrance in Britain – on Armistice Day has been fined after being found guilty of a public order offence.
Emdadur Choudhury, 26, a member of Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), was found guilty of a “calculated and deliberate” insult to the war dead and those who honour their sacrifice.
District judge Howard Riddle fined him STG50 ($80) and a STG15 ($24) victim surcharge at the top-security Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London.
On November 11 last year, MAC members chanted “British soldiers burn in hell” before an incident near the Royal Albert Hall concert venue in west London, the trial heard.
“The two-minute chanting, when others were observing a silence, followed by a burning of the symbol of remembrance was a calculated and deliberate insult to the dead and those who mourn or remember them,” Riddle said.
In the November remembrance season, many Britons wear a paper red poppy in their lapels, symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I.
Islam and science: cowed Muslim physicist cancels lecture on evolution
According to yesterday’s Independent, Dr. Usama Hasan, an imam who also happens to be a physicist at Middlesex University and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, was forced to cancel a lecture on “Islam and the theory of evolution” because of death threats. The lecture was to be held at Masjid al-Tawhid, a mosque in east London. Sadly, he not only canceled the talk, but apologized for his heresy:
But according to his sister, police advised him not to attend after becoming concerned for his safety. Instead his father, Suhaib, head of the mosque’s committee of trustees, posted a notice on his behalf expressing regret over his comments. “I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes and apologise for any offence caused,” the statement read.
One hopes that he construed his “mistake” as giving a lecture where he might have been killed, not as talking favorably about evolution. Hasan had given a pro-evolution lecture at the mosque in January, but was interrupted by leaflet-bearing fanatics who shouted him down (was there “forced laughter”?) and threatened his life.
Unfortunately, Hasan’s apology—which I’d normally dismiss as intellectual cowardice, but can perhaps be understood if he feared for his life—was not enough. The mosque’s committee of trustees fired him as imam and vice-chairman of the mosque (which the Independent describes as running one of Britain’s largest sharia courts), and issued a statement characterizing Hasan’s views as a “source of antagonism in the Muslim community”.
This kind of thing is only going to increase as Britain and other countries of western Europe become more Islamicized.
British School puts up warning sign to tell THIEVES they could be injured if they steal copper from the roof
If a thief injures himself during the course of a crime, most would consider it a dose of poetic justice. But at Whitmore Junior School, commonsense has been turned on its head.
Teachers have been forced to erect signs warning crooks its roof is dangerous in case they hurt themselves while up to no good…and then lodge compensation claims.
The situation is even more absurd because the criminals are the reason the roof is insecure in the first place as they have been stripping off the valuable copper that covers it.
Parents at the school, in Basildon, Essex, attacked the bizarre health and safety ruling. One, who asked not to be named, said: ‘Just when you think the world cannot get any more crazy, something like this happens. The lunatics have taken over the asylum. ‘We should celebrate if one of this gang falls through the roof and breaks a leg, not be worrying about having to pay them compensation.’
Another, who has an eight-year-old son at the school, added: ‘It’s common sense to know that walking on a roof is dangerous. If someone chooses to do it, that’s their look-out.’
The copper thieves struck at the school four times last week, making off with huge sections worth thousands of pounds and leaving the school with a huge repair bill. Until contractors have completed the work, it has been advised to put up the signs which are printed on laminated A4 sheets and warn: ‘This roof is unsafe – do not climb.’
Iris Cerny, executive head at the mixed community school, which has around 200 pupils aged seven to 11, said: ‘Should anyone go on to our roof in the meantime and hurt themselves, even as a result of taking the rest of our copper, we are going to be liable for injury. So we have had to put notices up.’
An Essex County Council spokesman said any property where work is being carried out needs to have the ‘correct signage in place’. He added: ‘This ensures that everyone is aware of any possible danger and the council would not be liable for injury caused by not adhering to these signs.’
Other schools in the area have been targeted, including Willows Primary School, which had to close for the day on Tuesday after £25,000 of copper was stolen from its roof.
British school inspectors report slide in standards at quarter of schools
Almost a quarter of schools are getting worse as tough new Government inspections expose falling standards, figures suggest. Data published by Ofsted showed 23 per cent of state schools visited over a four month period last year were given a lower overall grade than in previous inspections.
The figures suggest thousands of schools nationally may be coasting or going backwards despite billions of pounds spent by Labour attempting to turn around underperforming primaries and secondaries.
The disclosure comes just a week after the Coalition wrote to councils in England ordering them to come up with action plans designed to improve standards in local schools.
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said he would not “allow underperforming schools where children are not receiving the education they deserve to carry on, unreformed”.
Failing schools could be taken out of local authority control and converted into independent academies under the leadership of a new head teacher.
According to the latest figures, some 2,000 schools in England were inspected by Ofsted during the autumn term last year.
Under a new inspection regime, the watchdog has been ordered to focus more resources on weaker schools to root out underperformance, while leaving those deemed to be outstanding. The very top schools are only inspected if concerns are raised by parents or councils.
Despite attempts to improve standards of state education, figures show 23 per cent of schools inspected between September and December received a lower judgement than previously recorded, while almost half remained the same. Some 30 per cent improved. Currently, schools are rated on a four-point scale. In all, some seven per cent of schools inspected were ranked as inadequate, 37 per cent were satisfactory, 46 per cent were good and 10 per cent were outstanding.
Since September 2009, Ofsted inspections have focused more on pupils’ results combined with observing teachers in the classroom.
A Department for Education spokesman said: “Education standards in this country have stalled, with England slipping down the international league tables. “To drive up standards, we are stepping in to turn around underperforming schools and are creating more excellent schools run by teachers – not bureaucrats – through the academies and free schools programmes.
“We are also encouraging the brightest people into teaching, creating a rigorous new curriculum and giving heads back the power to instil good discipline.
“It is vital that all parents – not just the rich – are able to send their child to a good local school that is right for them.”