A heartbroken British mother is desperately seeking answers after she lost 22 babies to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth.
Kerry Hutchinson, 35, of Rugeley, Staffordshire, England, battled through cervical cancer, but afterward, doctors told her that she was healthy enough to get pregnant, the Daily Mail reports.
Despite the encouraging news, Hutchinson experienced tragedy after tragedy. She said she miscarried 16 unborn babies, and lost six others to stillbirth or premature birth. Hutchinson buried three of her babies and held funerals for two of them, according to the report.
Doctors still have not been able to determine why her babies are dying. One doctor said Hutchinson is just “very unlucky.”
Here’s more from the report:
Later, Hutchinson was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The report continues:
Doctors told Kerry to keep trying for another baby. They said her reduced cervix wouldn’t cause issues with her carrying babies but warned it would start her dilating early as the foetus grew to a certain weight. Any babies would be born prematurely.
Then she gave birth to another severely premature baby, Lucas. Born at just 22 weeks, Lucas was too underdeveloped to survive outside the womb, according to the report.
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“He took a few breaths and then he passed away,” his mother remembered. “It broke my heart. I was devastated. I had a nervous breakdown when I lost Lucas. I didn’t expect to bury a third child.”
One doctor recommended a trans-abdominal stitch, which Hutchinson had. Several months ago, she became pregnant again, according to the report. Doctors and midwives gave her good news at each prenatal scan; but on March 5, the worst happened again. Hutchinson said the medical team could not find her baby’s heartbeat, and she again miscarried.
Now, she is desperate for answers. Hutchinson said she hopes to be tested by a reproductive specialist in London in the near future.
“I need to know why all these babies have died,” she said. “I grew up in care myself so family is very important to me – it’s something I’ve always wanted to have.”