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Anaesthetist goes on trial in France over death of British woman

08/10/2020 05:28 PM | Click to read full article

An alcoholic anaesthetist who botched an emergency caesarean operation that left a young British woman brain dead had been drinking since she woke up that morning, a French court has heard.

Helga Wauters, 51, pushed a breathing tube into 28-year-old Xynthia Hawke’s oesophagus instead of her windpipe and failed to react even when the young woman turned blue, vomited, cried out in pain and went into cardiac arrest.