A Kurla, India mother who underwent an abortion and sterilization earlier this year was shocked when she recently found out that she still is pregnant with her unborn child.
Mid-Daily news reports Deepa Kadam, 26, said she was struggling with poor health and finances when she found out she was pregnant with her third child in April.
Two months later, Kadam had an abortion and sterilization at Sion hospital and thought her unborn baby was dead, according to the report.
“After the surgeries, I got my period; so, obviously, I didn’t think I was pregnant,” she told the local news. “But then for two months I didn’t menstruate and my stomach started growing. That’s when I realized something was wrong and went to the hospital for a check-up.”
In September, she said the hospital confirmed that she was still pregnant.
Whatever mistake may have been made, it saved her unborn baby’s life. Now six months into her pregnancy, Kadam is past the 20-week legal abortion limit in India. She is due on Jan. 22, 2018.
The young mother believes the hospital staff made a mistake. On the day of her abortion, she said the medical students and doctors who treated her were not attentive.
“They kept laughing and discussing their issues,” Kadam said. “They must have goofed up, and now, the burden is on me.”
The head of the gynecology department at the hospital said he could not comment on the situation.
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Though uncommon, babies sometimes do survived abortion attempts. In America, abortion survivors like Gianna Jessen, Claire Culwell and Melissa Ohden have become powerful advocates for the rights of unborn babies. Their lives demonstrate that an unborn baby’s worth does not depend on whether their families want them or have the ability to care for them. Unborn babies are valuable because of who they are – unique, irreplaceable human lives.
In the United States, women like Kadam have access to thousands of pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and other organizations that offer financial and material support, encouragement and more to help them through their pregnancy and parenting journey. Hopefully, this struggling Indian mother will find the same support for herself and her unborn child in her home country.