24 Nov '11, 3am

Australian hospital terminates healthy foetus by mistake

MELBOURNE - 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 today. 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 cesarean 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 today "a distressing clinical accident occurred on Tuesday". "This is a terrible tragedy and the hospital is deeply sorry for the loss suffered by the patient and her family," Australia's largest hospital specialising in women patients said in a statement. "We are conducting a full ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111124-0000130/Hospit...

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