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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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  • Its surprising as technology is so advanced that this seems to have happened quite a bit. Always go with your gut feeling and luckily they did.

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  • I’m so glad they listened to their instincts. If they refuse to give you another ultrasound my advice is to find another doctor who will.

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  • How awful, imagine if she went through with it? This is good information to know and share

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  • Such wonderful news – she went with her mother’s instinct thankfully.

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  • Thank God for Shannon going with her heart and her gut. Always do and push for what feels right for you, and seek 2nd and 3rd opinions if you feel you need to.

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  • Good 4 U making the doctor and nurses give U another utrasound U were the one who knew
    sam1949@rogers.com

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  • This storey had me in tears! Unfortunately not everyone is perfect and even experts make mistakes this is why we should always question if we feel they are wrong! I’m so happy this mummabear stood up and pushed for another scan.

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  • Listen to your gut feelings and always question. Technology has come a long way since these stories though and the mis diagnosis, in my opinion, would be a lot lower now.

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  • It makes me doubt the health system a bit after reading this, it’s sad that people are being told their child has died when there’s a huge possibility they are still there alive.

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  • I know three women who were told their pregnancies were not viable and waited for a further ultrasound and went on to deliver healthy babies.

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  • How wonderful that this lady followed her instincts. Bet she still looks at her daughter in delight.

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  • I know a Mum who when she gave birth to her son they discovered she had originally been carrying twins but one had died very early in the pregnancy.

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  • I wish it wasn’t such an effort to get Drs to listen to us. We have the child in our bodies and have a connection with them that they don’t. I know we should trust the Drs and their technology but this goes to show you Drs can be wrong!

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  • I can see so many more mums to be arguing with their Drs now in similar circumstances. And if it saves babies, they should argue!

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  • Thank God these women went with their gut and refused curettage until another ultra sound was carried out ! The thought that many living babies may have been assumed to be dead and removed is very disturbing !

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