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Mother aborts her healthy baby boy after doctors incorrectly diagnose ‘fatal foetal abnormality’

The family are "utterly, utterly mentally and physically devastated."

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A mother in Ireland has aborted her healthy baby boy after initial testings suggested there was a “fatal foetal abnormality.”

According to Life Site News, the unborn baby was killed at about 15 weeks’ gestation in March at the National Maternity Hospital, the biggest maternity facility in Ireland.

It was thought the baby had Trisomy18, also known as Edwards Syndrome, but a series of genetic tests later revealed that was not the case.

“A post-mortem analysis revealed that the baby did not have the genetic defect it was presumed to have,” Life Site News reported. “Subsequently, the parents called for an external investigation by the UK-based medical body. A final analysis showed that the baby was normal.”

A spokesperson for the hospital said: “We can confirm that we have asked the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to conduct an independent review of a recent case at the hospital.”

The family’s solicitor Caoimhe Haughey told RTE, “This couple are utterly, utterly mentally and physically devastated.”

“Their loss and their sense of grief is interminable,” Haughey said in a later interview. “What they want now is honest answers.”

It’s devastating to think how often doctors get it wrong in these instances. This certainly isn’t the first time a healthy child has been wrongly diagnosed by medical experts, and sadly it won’t be the last. This case just demonstrates once again, that every child, regardless of their condition, deserves the best chance at life.

Last year Live Action shared the story of Suzanne and her husband Peter, who were told by three doctors that Suzanne needed to have an abortion. Suzanne was told there was no amniotic fluid, and that her baby had a chromosomal abnormality incompatible with life. Suzanne was told that her baby would most certainly die and that she could die as well. This is their story.

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