Saturday 21 April 2018

'Every mother should be allowed the scan' - Irish mum who lost her baby one hour after his birth calls for routine pregnancy scan

Diane Magee with baby Christopher
Diane Magee with baby Christopher
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An Irish mum who lost her baby son an hour after he was born has called for a routine anomaly scan to be given to all expectant mothers.

Cork mum Diane Magee (38) spoke to Neil Prendeville on Cork's Red FM about her heartbreak of losing baby Christopher in November 2015.

"I have a lovely little girl Maisy and I got pregnant seven months after and we were surprised but absolutely delighted. I went public and we got to 12 weeks and we got the scan and everything was fine, we got to 15 weeks and I had a slight bleed an ended up in hospital but everything was fine," Diane told Neil Prendeville.

"20 weeks came and I wasn't aware of an anomaly scan and I didn't get it. A few days shy of 32 weeks I wasn't happy with the kicks and I said to my husband David that something was wrong.

"For my own peace of mind I went up to hospital. There was something wrong. I was told I was going to the labour ward at 32 weeks and my whole life changed."

At Cork University Maternity Hospital, Diane went into labour.

"They said the baby needs to come out, the heartbeat is really low. Up to that point we didn't know it was a little boy but they said if his lungs developed more there would be a better chance."

Despite being 32 weeks old, the doctor told Diane that her baby's head only measured at 25 weeks.

"I was asleep for half an hour after the birth and he lived for just over an hour so my husband had him in his hands and he had the awful deal of telling me when I woke up that I had a beautiful baby boy but he wasn't going to live long."

"He was born special and we were just in shock. Unfortunately my family didn't get a chance to meet him."

Diane later found out after the post-mortem that Christopher had a fatal foetal abnormality.

"We think about him every day and I wish that he was here with us but he was a very sick child and no parent would want their child to be in that pain.

"The anomaly scan would have allowed us to prepare. Every mother should get that scan. I would have known that there was a child inside me that might not live at any moment.

"I wouldn't have changed anything with Christopher. I feel like the way it happened it happened for a reason."

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