A pregnant Wellington woman had her baby wrongly aborted because an ultrasound was misread by a radiologist in Australia.Click through for the rest of the article. WARNING: May be hard reading for those who have miscarried or had ectopic pregnancies.
A follow-up ultrasound at Hutt Hospital nine days later showed the baby was simply in an unusual position and was still alive.
But by then the woman had been given medication to terminate the pregnancy and the baby later died.
An external report into the case also criticised the woman's independent obstetrician for terminating the pregnancy after just one ultrasound, when the scans are known to be inaccurate in such cases.
The report, issued to The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act, found the mother, who had difficulties conceiving and had already had two miscarriages, desperately wanted the baby and should have been told the diagnosis might be wrong and given more time to decide.
At the time of the incident, Hutt Hospital had a "low number" of radiologists and was forced to send urgent after-hours scans to specialists in Australia.
Choosing whether or not to terminate should not be made harder by systematic failures in our health system. I really feel for this woman.