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3/5/2014 (1 year ago)

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Mother gets apology from British hospital for almost aborting her baby

A British mother was told that her unborn child was born dead and that she needed to abort the child immediately. Thirty-six-year-old Hazel Wiggins was about to pop the abortion pill, when she felt that something was not right - and she listened to her heart. She asked for a second scan and found that her unborn baby was in fact, alive. She's now the proud mother of a baby girl.

Little Amelia does have attendant health problems: She was born with her liver and bowel on the outside of her body, alongside respiratory problems -- but her health is improving every day.

Little Amelia does have attendant health problems: She was born with her liver and bowel on the outside of her body, alongside respiratory problems -- but her health is improving every day.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/5/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Mother, abortion, scans, hospital, apology


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The community care worker has since received an apology from the hospital. Wiggins just knew that something was just not right when given the original diagnosis.

"The midwife looked at my scan for 30 seconds and then said 'I'm sorry, there is no heartbeat' and turned the machine off. I said 'Are you sure? You didn't look at my stomach for very long,' and she said, 'Yes, I'm 100 percent sure.'

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"I went home and just got into bed and mourned the death of the baby. I cried the whole day and night."

Wiggins returned to the hospital to start the first of a series of abortion pills, but something deep down told her that her baby was not dead.

"They kept saying that I needed to take the tablets and I said that I didn't want to. I told them I wanted another scan. It went on for about 20 minutes."

Digging in her heels, Wiggins waited until the nurses referred her for a second scan.

"I was telling the lady who was scanning me about what had happened when she stopped and looked at me, shocked," said Wiggins, from Prudhoe, Northumberland.

"She said, 'I have a baby here who is jumping all over the place, the baby is alive.'"

Already the mother of a 10-year-old son, Wiggins gave birth to her daughter Amelia on January 13, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust has apologized and accepted liability for causing distress to Wiggins last August at Hexham General Hospital and the matter was settled out of court.

Some good has come from this. Her case has led to a change in NHS policy on pre-natal scans. All expectant mothers who now have a scan which shows their baby has died will now be automatically offered a second scan.

"We apologize wholeheartedly for unnecessary distress," Dr. Eliot Sykes, clinical director of emergency surgery and elective care, said. "We have fully investigated and made some important changes to ensure two scans are carried out whenever there are concerns about viability of the fetus.

"We appreciate this must have been a very worrying time and would like to reassure them that we have taken all appropriate steps to prevent this happening in future."

Little Amelia does have attendant health problems: She was born with her liver and bowel on the outside of her body, alongside respiratory problems -- but her health is improving every day.

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