Tragedy as healthy baby accidentally aborted instead of sick twin

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A healthy baby has been aborted during a tragic mix-up at a hospital.

The mum made a decision to abort one of her two twins fearing one of them had restrictive growth and was putting the healthy baby at risk, the Daily Express reports.

She was a patient at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust and feared the baby was going to be stillborn.

But doctors at the hospital targeted the wrong twin. Both babies died.

A pregnant woman sits in a hospital bed.
Doctors at a hospital accidentally aborted the wrong twin. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

A Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists spokesman told the paper “all such procedures can carry an increased risk of early or total pregnancy loss”.

"Parents who undergo selective terminations of twin pregnancies face agonising decisions and report feelings of anxiety, stress and emotional trauma,” he said.

“They must be supported by their clinical team both during and after their pregnancy."

He said selective termination of a growth-restricted twin can improve the survival rate of the other one. He said the condition affects 10-20 per cent of twin pregnancies.

Dr Fiona Reynolds, chief medical officer at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Trust said it was a “tragic case” which occurred in 2019.

She added a review was undertaken with a “new protocol” developed to decrease the likelihood of it happening again.

The baby’s death was one of 700 incidents at National Health Service hospitals in the UK detailed in a report.

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