Mother gives birth to baby girl after being told by medics her unborn child was dead
Hazel Wiggins was moments away from taking abortion pills when she insisted staff at Hexham General Hospital perform a second scan
A mother who was told her unborn baby was dead by hospital staff has given birth to a baby girl after insisting medics performed a second scan.
Hazel Wiggins, from Prudhoe, Northumberland, had been told her unborn child had died and had returned back to Hexham General Hospital to begin taking a series of abortion pills.
But she demanded another scan after arriving in hospital while medics insisted she took the tablets.
Ms Wiggins told The Evening Chronicle: "They kept saying that I needed to take the tablets and I said that I didn't want to.
"I told them I wanted another scan. It went on for about 20 minutes."
According to Miss Wiggins, the medic who eventually performed her second scan then turned to her and said: "I have a baby here who is jumping all over the place - the baby is alive.”
Her case has led to a change in NHS policy on pre-natal scans and all pregnant mothers who are told their baby has died after a scan will be automatically offered a second one.
Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust has said it apologises unreservedly for the distress caused.
Dr Eliot Sykes, clinical director of emergency surgery and elective care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We have recently met with Mrs Wiggins and her husband to apologise wholeheartedly for the unnecessary distress caused following the misinterpretation of her initial scan with us at Hexham General Hospital last year.
"We have fully investigated the circumstances surrounding this unusual incident and made some important changes to ensure that two scans are always carried out as a matter of course whenever there are concerns about the viability of the foetus.
"We appreciate this must have been a very worrying time for Mr and Mrs Wiggins and would like to reassure them that we have taken all appropriate steps to prevent this happening in future."
- 1 Kylie Jenner challenge: Bizarre lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...
£12000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion and growth of ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Operations Leader is required to join a lea...