Doctor guilty of poor performance over care of baby
A paediatrician who told the parents of a seriously ill child their son was "fine" despite him suffering seizures after an emergency caesarean section, has been found guilty of poor professional performance by a Medical Council fitness to practise committee.
Dr Mohammad Ilyas Khan, a locum consultant paediatrician at South Tipperary Hospital, was also found to have failed to follow national guidelines in relation to the transfer of a patient who required specialist treatment and failed to put in place an adequate plan for the baby after his birth.
In total, the inquiry found the actions by Dr Khan amounted to poor professional performance in six of the seven allegations against him.
The allegations related to the care he provided to 'Patient BT' who was born in South Tipperary Hospital in June 2012.
He has since developed cerebral palsy and has difficulties with motor functions.
In a statement released by the child's parents, they said they were "pleased" with the outcome.
They added that while it was too late for their family, they hoped it would help others.
"The outcome will not change our lives but hopefully it will have a positive impact for other families.
"The inquiry process was a very positive experience for us and no matter what the outcome, we always felt we were listened to and heard."
The statement added: "A special thank you to our families and friends."
Dr Khan was working as a locum consultant paediatrician at the time of the birth. The baby was delivered after his mother suffered a ruptured uterus.
Dr Khan told the Medical Council how he battled to save the life of the baby.
It was alleged Dr Khan failed to put in place an adequate treatment plan after the baby was diagnosed with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) - a condition where the brain receives an insufficient level of blood and oxygen - shortly after birth.
Research has shown that specialist treatment, known as hypothermic treatment or "cooling", has proven to reduce the risk of death or disability in cases where HIE is diagnosed.