HSE under pressure as more miscarriage mistakes emerge

The HSE is under continued pressure today as further cases emerge of women being told they had miscarried when in fact their babies were still alive.

HSE under pressure as more miscarriage mistakes emerge

The HSE is under continued pressure today as further cases emerge of women being told they had miscarried when in fact their babies were still alive.

It follows revelations from a Dublin mother that she had been given an abortificient to take after a scan at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital wrongly indicated her baby had died.

Yesterday the parents of baby Michael Redmond told how seeking a second opinion from a local GP had saved their son's life.

His mother Melissa was told she had miscarried, after she was scanned with a faulty machine in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda.

Now a series of women - from different parts of Ireland - have contacted the Irish Independent claiming they too were misdiagnosed.

In one case, Galway mother-of-three Martha O'Neill Brennan said she followed her "gut instinct" and got a second opinion after being told by her gynaecologist that her unborn baby was dead.

She subsequently gave birth to a healthy boy named Aaron.

Coming under pressure to launch an inquiry into the situation in Our Lady of Lourdes, the HSE said it plans to introduce standardised national guidelines across the country’s 19 maternity units.

It has set up a helpline for women concerned by the treatment they received at the Early Pregnancy Unit in Drogheda.

It is operational from 9am this morning and the number is 1-800-200-529.

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