This mum refused to believe doctor’s when they told her she had lost her first child. Luckily she fought for another ultrasound.
LittleThings.com recently shared the story of Shannon and her husband. Shannon went in for a routine ultrasound and received the devastating news that she had miscarried.
She was told there was a gestational sac but no embryo and no heartbeat. Shannon’s doctor advised her “I’m so sorry, but your pregnancy is not viable,’” Shannon recalled. “I was so devastated.”
Shannon was advised the next step would be a routine dilation and curettage, or D&C, in which the contents of the uterus are removed to prevent haemorrhaging and infection. This would mean any remnants of Shannon’s baby would be gone.
Her head told her to do it, but her heart told her to wait. She begged the hospital to wait two more weeks and they reluctantly agreed. When that day came, Shannon begged again for one last ultrasound.
“I just want to do it one more time,” she told the doctor. During the ultrasound Shannon spotted something, “There was just the tiniest fleck of light and I said ‘What is that?’”
The doctor zoomed into the fleck of light and, through some miracle, he detected a heartbeat. That fleck of light turned into Shannon’s first daughter, now 12 years old, and born healthy as can be.
It’s not as uncommon as you think
Ceri Griffiths also shared a similar story in 2011.
She was told she had miscarried ten weeks into her pregnancy.
She underwent a series of examinations and even had to sign a cremation consent form.
But despite everything Mrs Griffiths was convinced her baby was still alive and begged for an ultrasound scan to be carried out.
Nurses were stunned to see the baby was still there. She went on to give birth to a healthy baby girl.
‘It was truly horrendous to be told your baby is dead inside you,’ Ceri said. ‘When you’re lying there being told by experts that’s the case, you don’t question it. But I knew my baby was still inside me.
‘I kept asking them to carry out a scan but they answered with, “We’re sorry but the baby has gone”.
‘I became almost hysterical and screamed for them to do one. The nurse held her hand to her mouth in disbelief when she saw the body and heartbeat.
‘I was completely overwhelmed. I think, if anything, going through an ordeal like that makes the bond between mother and baby even stronger, if possible.’
She added, “I can’t describe my feelings. It was joy, sorrow, exhaustion and fury that the doctors had misdiagnosed all rolled into one. I didn’t feel elated. It was just utter exhaustion.”
In 2010 it was reported, Joanna Barro, 25, was devastated when doctors said they were ‘100 per cent sure’ her baby was dead at eight weeks.
She was preparing to go through a miscarriage procedure a week later when a shocked nurse found a heartbeat and told her the pregnancy was fine.
Miss Barro went on to give birth to a healthy baby girl, Ruby.
Another mum, Sofia Taylor was also advised her she had lost her child at nine weeks.
Mrs Taylor, 22, told how she refused to accept her baby was dead and demanded a second scan which showed her pregnancy progressing normally.
She said: ‘The minute they told me the baby was dead I didn’t believe them. It was mother’s intuition. I insisted on having another test. They weren’t happy about it and said I really should have a termination.
‘If I had listened to them I would have lost my baby. It doesn’t bear thinking about.’
Researchers found that 400 UK mothers-to-be a year are being wrongly told their baby has died, and some of these women go on to have terminations.
Sometimes a mother’s intuition is better than any medical test. Never doubt your intuition!
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