And sad news this week from the land down under:
An Australian hospital was investigating Thursday after a woman carrying 32-week-old twins had the wrong fetus terminated in a botched procedure it called “a terrible tragedy.”Doctors had advised the woman that one of the boys, whom she had already named, had a congenital heart defect that would require years of operations, if he survived at all, the Herald Sun reported.She made the heartbreaking decision to abort the child, but the wrong baby was terminated on Tuesday. The woman then endured a lengthy caesarean section at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne during which the life of the sick fetus was also ended.“The Royal Women’s Hospital can confirm a distressing clinical accident occurred on Tuesday,” the hospital said in a statement. “This is a terrible tragedy and the hospital is deeply sorry for the loss suffered by the patient and her family. “We are conducting a full investigation and continue to offer the family and affected staff every support.”Two independent investigators from The Canberra Hospital will help conduct a Root Cause Analysis for the health department, the hospital added. A friend of the woman told the newspaper the family was struggling to cope. “She went to the hospital with two babies and now she has none. And she had the heartache of giving birth to her sick baby. She’s traumatized,” she said.The family later issued a statement requesting privacy. “We appreciate the public interest in what has happened but we would have preferred the Herald Sun journalist involved in breaking the news of our tragedy had respected our request that he not run this story,” they said. Continue reading.
So sad and tragic and I’m not sure if Australia has ambulance chasers as we do here in America, but if they do, I’m sure they are all over this case because no matter what this is a clear, open and shut case of negligence. Our thoughts go out to that woman.