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Hospital wrongly tells woman of miscarriage


For two weeks a pregnant woman was led to believe her unborn baby had died, before eventually being told a mistake had been made and her child was alive and well.

Chelsea Muff grieved for her “lost baby” for a fortnight after Bradford Royal Infirmary told her she had miscarried.

The 32-year-old was told the news after having an ultrasound scan.

However, Miss Muff returned to the hospital two weeks later and requested a second scan, which showed that her baby was indeed still alive.

She is now four months pregnant.

The mother of two told Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus newspaper: “After the first scan a consultant came in and confirmed that I had miscarried and gave me the option to book in for an evacuation procedure, take a tablet there and then that would bring labour, or wait for it to come away naturally,” she said.

“I chose to wait. If I had taken the tablet I could have terminated my baby and never have known.”

A spokesman for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust said: “We sympathise with Miss Muff for the distress she has experienced. The foundation trust is taking all necessary actions to investigate the circumstances and has contacted Miss Muff directly to discuss her concerns.”





Readers' comments (2)

  • I really feel for this woman, this happened to me back in 2005. I was told I had miscarried and refused to do anything about it..went back 2 weeks later and found my baby alive and healthy...he is now a 5 year old healthy boy..

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  • I know exactly how she feels. I was told that I had miscarried in June 1995 quite bluntly by an SHO. She did not listen to anything that I had said even though I had suffered a miscarriage previously. I went out for the weekend to drown my sorrows, grieving for the child that we had planned. That Monday I was booked in for a termination. A kind nurse saw how upset I was and said I should insist on a scan which thankfully I did. My daughter is now a beautiful 15 year old with no health problems. When I saw the SHO again she did not even offer me an apology. She made feel that I was being a nuisance. Word of advice from the nurse who gave me comfort. Follow your heart, you know your body better than anyone

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