Pregnancy story in the MAIL ON SUNDAY newspaper…
Salford Royal Hospital has launched a probe into how a mum to be was wrongly prescribed abortion pill…
Doctors mistakenly told Catherine, 32 Urhegyi her baby had died – and gave her the drug mifepristone to give her a miscarriage.
But two days later a further scan revealed the baby was in fact alive.
Apologetic doctors offered Catherine the second part of the treatment – which involves a pessary being inserted into the vagina to induce contractions – because there was a chance her unborn baby would miscarry or could be have been damaged.
But horrified Catherine, a laboratory manager and her husband Andrew, 32, a plasterer refused – and decided to let nature take its course.
Incredibly, against all the odds, Catherine’s pregnancy has continued and she is now over six months pregnant. The hospital has done extensive scans over and above the usual routine ones, and says her unborn baby daughter appears to be healthy.
However, the couple are still in turmoil. There is no guarantee their little girl has not been harmed. For example this drug – which isn’t tested properly in pregnant women as that would be unethical – has been linked to some health problems.
Catherine is still terrified something could be wrong with her little girl and this has ruined her pregnancy.
An investigation is underway at the hospital as to how this huge blunder could have taken place.
Catherine, who with her husband also has a little boy aged 2, was around eight weeks pregnant when she began experiencing bleeding. Fearing a miscarriage she went to hospital where the scan was performed.
She was initially told the pregnancy was too early to be able to see a fetus and to come back in a few days. This she did – and she was still bleeding. This second time the monographer said she could see the fetus but no heartbeat so it had died.
She was given the choice between a D & C and the abortion pill to finish the miscarriage off. She chose the pill because that way she didn’t have to stay in hospital and could be at home with her son.
A few days after she was bleeding heavily and worried went back. It was then another scan spotted the blunder and she has been told her daughter won’t get the all-clear until she is two years old.
Salford Royal Hospital has apologised and launched an investigation into how the mistake happened.
I will be following Catherine’s pregnancy – we are all hopeful that despite this nightmare her little girl will be fine – and will keep you posted as to the outcome.
Catherine and Andrew’s story appeared in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The couple wanted to make their story public because they believe Catherine should have been given a second scan to check the original diagnosis. They do not want any couple to suffer as she they are doing.
Catherine’s story has now been placed with a top women’s magazine.
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