24 Nov '11, 2am

Aussie hospital accidentally terminates wrong foetus in mix-up

Aussie hospital accidentally terminates wrong foetus in mix-up

A healthy 32-week-old foetus was accidentally terminated in an Australian hospital after medical staff mistook him for his sick twin, a newspaper reported on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A healthy 32-week-old foetus was accidentally terminated in an Australian hospital after medical staff mistook him for his sick twin, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The mother had decided to abort one of the twin boys on medical advice after learning one had a congenital heart defect, the Herald Sun newspaper reported. But on Tuesday, the wrong baby was injected, terminating the healthy pregnancy. The mother then had an emergency caesarean section and the sick child was also terminated in a three-hour operation. The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne would not confirm details, but said on Thursday 'a distressing clinical accident occurred on Tuesday.'...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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