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Implant trauma patient wins payout

A woman has won an out-of-court settlement after she thought she had been fitted with a contraceptive implant but then gave birth to a girl who died.

Sarah Moss, of St Helens in Merseyside, went for the contraceptive implant in June 2006 and left thinking the procedure was a success. However, the medic at Haydock Family Planning Clinic had failed to insert the device correctly.

Miss Moss was rushed to hospital 13 months later suffering from stomach cramps and bleeding. She went into labour and gave birth to a baby girl, Millie, 18 weeks prematurely. Millie died four-and-a-half hours later.

St Helens Primary Care Trust has now agreed an undisclosed settlement with Miss Moss, who is warning other women choosing the contraceptive implant to make sure it is fitted properly.

"It had not really sunk in that I was having a baby and I felt as though I was in a dream," Miss Moss said. "As soon as she came out and my mum shouted, 'It's a girl', I knew that it would be OK.

"But then they told me she wasn't going to survive. It was awful."

She added: "I wanted the PCT to make sure no one ever has to go through what I went through."

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