Hospital Tells U.K. Mom Hazel Wiggins to Take Abortion Pills When Fetus Is Still Alive
A mother in Northumberland, England, refused to believe the bad news when a medic told her that her unborn baby was dead. Following her hunch, Hazel Wiggins got a second scan before taking the prescribed abortion pills — and learned that her daughter was still alive.
Wiggins, 36, described the heartbreaking moment when she heard that her baby was no longer living.
“The midwife looked at my scan for 30 seconds and then said, ‘I’m sorry, there is no heartbeat,’ and turned the machine off,” Wiggins remembered.
At 11 weeks pregnant, she had come to the hospital with heavy bleeding. Medics worried she’d had a miscarriage.
But Wiggins didn’t think the medic had looked hard enough.
“I said ‘Are you sure? You didn’t look at my stomach for very long,’ and she said, ‘Yes, I’m 100 percent sure.'”
Distraught, Wiggins left to mourn the loss of the unborn child.
“I went home and just got into bed and mourned the death of the baby.,” she said. "I cried the whole day and night."
Wiggins, also the mother of a 10-year-old son, went back to the hospital to start a series of abortion pills. But something inside her told her that she shouldn’t do it just yet.
“They kept saying that I needed to take the tablets and I said that I didn’t want to. I told them I wanted another scan. It went on for about 20 minutes.”
No one, except perhaps Wiggins, expected what happened next.
“I was telling the lady who was scanning me about what had happened when she stopped and looked at me, shocked,” the proud mom remembered. “She said, ‘I have a baby here who is jumping all over the place, the baby is alive.’”
Amelia was born on Jan. 13 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Though she was born with her liver and bowel outside her body, the baby girl is improving daily.
The hospital said in a statement that they are “investigating the circumstances” and have made changes to make two scans the protocol when the viability of the fetus is in question.
“We have recently met with Mrs. Wiggins and her husband to apologise wholeheartedly for the unnecessary distress caused following the misinterpretation of her initial scan with us at Hexham General Hospital last year,” said Eliot Sykes, clinical director of emergency surgery and elective care at the hospital.