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'Dead baby' born alive

6th March 2007

A woman who was given surgery to remove her ‘dead’ unborn child has given birth to a healthy son.


Julie Brown from Lothian was told that her unborn child had died in her womb at just five weeks. She subsequently underwent an operation to remove the foetus only to discover a few weeks later that she was still pregnant and her baby was still alive. Mrs Brown went on to deliver a healthy baby boy last month after a full-term pregnancy.

According to St John’s Hospital in Lothian, the mistake occurred when an early scan showed the baby’s sac had not grown. However, the foetus was alive and well but this was not noticed by the radiographer who told Mrs Brown that she had lost her baby. Following this news, Mrs Brown underwent an operation to remove what she thought was her dead child but discovered three weeks later that she was still pregnant.

Mrs Brown and husband say they are relieved their son is alive and well after such a traumatic time and added that they would not be taking legal action against the hospital. "I am still angry about what happened, the thought of them trying to get rid of a perfectly healthy baby by mistake makes me sick to the pit of my stomach, but I've got to move forward now. I'm not going any further; the hospital has been really good since he arrived. We've got our beautiful son and he's healthy and happy and that's the main thing,? said Mrs Brown.


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