A hospital in Australia making news for having killed the “wrong” twin in an abortion of a health unborn child when the mother of the babies wanted an abortion on her child who doctors said had little chance to live. Now, both babies are dead.The arrogance of someone else deciding that this or that life will not be fulfilling because of some physical problem. She could have put the sick twin up for adoption and let someone else be the mother and father for the child. Some friends of ours adopted a girl from China who had a heart condition and she had major heart surgery and is doing great even though there are still concerns about the future.
The Herald Sun newspaper reports that the unnamed woman from Victoria had already named her unborn children when doctors told her one of the unborn babies had a congenital heart defect that would requires years of operations, assuming the baby survived long enough to have them. The mother decided to have an abortion, terminating the life of one of her unborn children and allowing the other baby to live.
The newspaper indicates an ultrasound tech checked on the healthy baby before the abortion and determine the child was in a separate amniotic sac than the sibling. However, the abortion, which took place Tuesday afternoon, went awry and the wrong baby was injected with drugs meant to end his or her life.
After the mother was informed of the error, doctors did an emergency Cesarean section and the sick unborn baby was killed in a three-hour operation, the newspaper indicates.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Women’s Hospital apologized, the Herald Sun reported, for the “distressing clinical accident” and said the hospital would conduct an investigation of the mistake.
“The Royal Women’s Hospital can confirm a distressing clinical accident occurred (on Tuesday),” the representative said. “This is a terrible tragedy and the hospital is deeply sorry for the loss suffered by the patient and her family.”
A friend of the mother told the newspaper she is having a difficult time following the error.
“She went to the hospital with two babies and now she has none. And she had the heartache of giving birth to her sick baby. She’s traumatized,” she said. “The hospital said it had followed correct procedure, but how could this happen? The ultrasound clinician said she checked three times before the termination because she didn’t want to make a mistake.”
The newspaper indicates the family is considering legal action and key health officials said they want to know more about how the hospital could have let this accident occur...
There is always hope even in seemingly hopeless situations.