Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hospital Sorry for 'Dead Baby' Double Blunder

Hospital sorry for 'dead baby' double blunder
By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent

(Filed: 10/08/2006)

A woman who had an operation to remove her unborn baby after being told that it had died in the womb found out three weeks later that she was still pregnant.

St John's Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian, has apologised to Julie Brown, 28, over the double blunder and begun an inquiry.

Following a scan at five and a half weeks, Mrs Brown, from Livingston, was told by a member of staff that no heartbeat could be detected. She had a dilation and curettage procedure to remove the foetus but when she went to her GP because she was feeling "sick and pregnant" she was told that she was still expecting.

Mrs Brown and her family were in "floods of tears" last month when she told her children - Sarah, eight, and Leon, three - and her husband Daniel, 28, that the baby had died. "To be told that your baby is dead is bad enough," she said. "But the thought of them trying to get rid of a perfectly healthy baby by mistake makes me sick to the pit of my stomach."

She added: "I am over the moon that my baby is still there, but I have another 31 weeks of constant worry in case there is an adverse reaction to what has already happened."

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