Woman told she had miscarried when baby was alive
Published 29/02/2012 | 09:00
A PREGNANT woman was told she had miscarried only to be informed days later that she was still carrying her child.
Holly Lewis, 21, sought medical help at Birmingham Women's Hospital after suffering stomach pains.
Following an emergency scan, she was shocked to be told she had been in the early stages of pregnancy, but had miscarried.
Yet days later medics revealed that her baby was still alive during follow-up tests.
Miss Lewis, a single mother from Quinton, Birmingham, said: "I want an apology.
''I am finally happy because they have confirmed that I am expecting a child.
''But I am angry because of the care I have received and the terrible mistake that has been made.
''Now all I want is to give birth to a healthy baby and put this all behind me.''
Her ordeal began when she was hit by mystery bouts of sickness and backache. An out-of-hours doctor service said that she probably had a mild gastric problem.
But when the pain became more severe she went to the Women's Hospital where she had the scan and was told she had miscarried.
She was sent home but was convinced she was still expecting a child.
Days later a home pregnancy testing kit still showed a positive result and she rushed back to the hospital.
Another emergency scan was performed and medics discovered images of a healthy foetus - and confirmed that Holly was five to six weeks pregnant.
"I didn't know what to feel - joy or anger,'' she said.
''But I feel I was bounced from pillar to post.''
A spokeswoman for Birmingham Women's Hospital said they would welcome the chance to talk to Holly about her complaints.
She added: "It is often not possible to get a clear picture on a scan in very early pregnancy, and therefore it is routine practice to repeat scans and blood tests to check hormone levels on a regular basis to monitor progress.
"Results of these investigations are used together to create an overall picture of the status of a pregnancy.
''We are extremely sorry when patients are not satisfied with aspects of their care and are happy to meet with them to discuss their concerns with them."