Sunday 11 December 2016

Mary Kenny: I received exact same treatment as Savita when I had a miscarriage

Published 19/11/2012 | 17:00

More than 30 years ago, in 1976, I suffered a miscarriage, in Oxford, where I went for a meeting of the British-Irish Association. I was whisked into the John Radcliffe Hospital, which specialises in gynaecology and obstetrics.

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It was obvious that a miscarriage was occurring – in the early weeks of a pregnancy – but for several days the hospital simply kept me in bed, monitoring my blood pressure and temperature. Apart from that, they did nothing.

Then, after about three days, they performed a 'D&C' procedure, which clears out the womb of any 'products of conception'. In effect, 'dilation and curettage' terminates anything that remains of a pregnancy.

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