Hazel Wiggins, 36, went to Hexham General Hospital after suffering from bleeding and doctors there told the 11-week-pregnant mother that her unborn baby had died. They recommended she take abortion drugs to “terminate” the pregnancy and expel the dead body of her unborn child.
Wiggins, however, refused the abortion suggestion and asked for another ultrasound scan of her unborn baby. That scan showed her baby was healthy and, in January, Baby Amelia was born. Amelia was born with complications, as her liver and bowel were outside her body. But, she is recovering following surgery to correct the problem and is reportedly rapidly improving in the hospital.
According to a London Daily Mail report, the hospital has apologized to Wiggins and changed it policy to ensure that all pregnant moms are given two scans of their baby when a problem with the child is suspected.
As the newspaper reports:
She said: ‘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 per cent sure”.’ She added: ‘It is the most heart-breaking thing someone can say to you.
‘I went home and just got into bed and mourned the death of the baby. ‘I let friends and family know. I cried the whole day and night.’
Days later, Mrs Wiggins was back at the hospital to start the first of a series of abortion pills, but deep down she could not accept her baby was dead.
‘They kept saying that I needed to take the tablets and I said that I didn’t want to,’ she said.
‘I told them I wanted another scan. It went on for about 20 minutes.’
Eventually, she persuaded midwives to carry out another scan.
‘I was telling the lady who was scanning me about what had happened when she stopped and looked at me, shocked,” said Mrs Wiggins.
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‘She said, “I have a baby here who is jumping all over the place, the baby is alive”.’
The medic then turned the screen to Mrs Wiggins, who is also mother to 10-year-old Dylan.
She said: ‘Amelia looked like she was saying to me “Mum, please don’t take the tablets, I’m alive”.’