HMC Care Teams safely assisted the delivery of a baby in a Trauma Resuscitation Unit after mother met an accident on the way to the hospital 

More than 25,000 babies are born each year under the expert care of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) labour and delivery teams, with vast majority of deliveries taking place as planned. Recently, however, things did not go as expected as the expectant mother got involved in a road traffic accident while in labour and on her way to the Women’s Wellness and Research Center (WWRC).

Muna Abdelawel from Eritrea, was 36 weeks pregnant when she experienced labour pains. With her husband, Ibrahim driving, and accompanied by their three-year-old daughter, they began what they thought would be a routine journey to WWRC. While on the way to the hospital their car was hit hard from behind by another vehicle and Muna and her daughter were both violently thrown forward causing them to sustain head lacerations.

Ibrahim immediately called 999 and an ambulance was on the scene within minutes. The paramedics treated the mother and daughter and transported the entire family to Hamad General Hospital (HGH).

The Abdelawel couple with baby Entesar and Asmaa Al Atey 

Asmaa Al Atey, Director of Trauma Nursing said that while on the way to HGH, the paramedics informed the Trauma Team that they were bringing in a mother in labour.

We have processes in place that alert clinical teams in the Trauma Section about high priority patients who are on their way to HGH.  Part of this process enables any pregnant woman with trauma injuries to be immediately admitted to the Trauma Section without the need for the usual assessments at the Emergency Department. This advanced warning helped the trauma team prepare for Muna’s arrival and meant they could immediately alert the on-call gynecologist from WWRC.’

On arrival at HGH, Muna was admitted to the Trauma Resuscitation Unit where she was received by the trauma team, while her daughter was rushed to the Emergency Department for immediate treatment of her facial injuries. Dr Neven Mustafa, the on-call gynecologist, arrived moments later.

It was clear that Muna was in the advanced stages of labour and that her baby would be born very soon. Dr Abu Baker, the trauma team leader, assessed her facial injuries and a decision was made to prioritise the mother’s delivery needs and carry out the full range of head assessments after the birth.’

Within minutes, Muna delivered her second daughter, baby Entesar. The WWRC neonatologist assessed baby Entesar while Muna underwent a CT Scan and full assessment. Following confirmation of no serious complications due to her facial injuries, both mother and baby were transferred via ambulance to the WWRC where baby Entesar was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for observation.

Baby Entesar was discharged home three days later and the entire family is now fully recovered from their eventful experience and thankful for the way in which the HMC care teams responded to the circumstances. Muna said that the way she delivered baby Entesar was certainly not the way they planned it.

Despite this being my second birth, I was very nervous as I have suffered six miscarriages in the past so I was hoping for a smooth delivery. However, thanks to the expertise of the staff from WWRC, we all got through the experience safely.’

Ibrahim also expressed his gratitude to the HMC teams, for the way they responded and for the care and compassion they showed his family.

Baby Entesar is a ray of sunshine and is, of course, totally unaware of the unexpected nature of her entry into this world. It will be a great story to tell when she turns a few years older!’

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