The clinical director of the accident and emergency unit at Southend Healthcare trust is suing the trust for negligence after he intervened to resuscitate his new-born daughter.Dr Gerard Lane, now working in Belfast, is taking action on behalf of his daughter Heather who was born in September 1998 and is now brain-damaged and quadriplegic.Dr Lane says in his writ that when the baby's heart rate fell during labour, he asked a doctor whether she could be pushed out, but the doctor left without examining the mother, who was in a confused state.He says the baby was delivered 'grey and unresponsive'.

Midwives tried without success to resuscitate her, at which point Dr Lane, who is trained in paediatric resuscitation, tried to restart her heart until a specialist arrived three or four minutes later.The trust would not comment on the case.