Leanne Storey was pregnant with twins, but doctors told her she had a molar pregnancy and the babies would remain a “mass of cells.” Doctors instructed her to have an abortion, or a dilation and curettage (D and C) procedure to “get rid of” the unborn babies.
In the following days she felt dizzy and was referred to hospital, where she had an ultrasound and was stunned when doctors found a heartbeat. She went on to carry her son Shea, who is now six-months-old, to full term.
Storey is taking legal action against The Belfast Trust hospital. The proceedings int he case have begun and the hospital has apologized to Storey, saying, “We are very sorry if Ms. Storey has felt let down in any way.”
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Storey, who has started legal proceedings with The Belfast Trust for medical negligence, said medics confirmed one of her babies had survived the procedure.
She went on to carry her son to full term, making him one of the only babies thought to have survived a dialation and curettage (D and C) procedure aimed at removing the molar pregnancy.
She said: ‘I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I have been through.
‘I couldn’t imagine life without Shea now, he is so special to me. I feel blessed that he made it through after such a traumatic start.
‘When I was told that my pregnancy wasn’t viable, I was devastated.The idea of a D and C was heartbreaking, and I dreaded having it.
‘But when I heard his heartbeat at the follow up appointment, it was like a dream come true.
‘I am just so thankful to have him home with me now. He’s a miracle.’
The 27-year-old found out she was pregnant with twins in May 2013.
She said: ‘I was delighted and excited to be pregnant again. After attending the hospital with pain I found out I was carrying twins.
‘But when an appointment was made to determine how far along the twins were, I realised something was wrong by the midwife’s face.
Storey and Shea are now back home with the 27-year-old’s daughter Teighan, four.
She said: ‘Now I am just so thankful to have him home with us. He completes our family. Teighan is fantastic with him.’