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'The words 'one has died, that makes it easier' still ricochet around my brain'

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Each year, there are an estimated 14,000 miscarriages in Ireland. It is by no means a unique situation to have a stillbirth, a miscarriage, or a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality (Stock photo)
Each year, there are an estimated 14,000 miscarriages in Ireland. It is by no means a unique situation to have a stillbirth, a miscarriage, or a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality (Stock photo)

When I was pregnant with twins in 2002, the obstetrician checked my ultrasound before I had an amniocentesis. The words "one has died, that makes it easier" still ricochet around my brain. Dumbfounded, two prospective parents left the hospital, holding hands.

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In the car, I wondered was I a bit sensitive, perhaps that's how it is in hospitals - pragmatic, detached.

Three weeks later, we were called back for the results. Once again, we left hand-in-hand, bewildered, now two would be dead.

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