A healthy baby was aborted after doctors mistook it for its twin, who also died during the procedure, a report on NHS hospitals in England has revealed.
Surgeons at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust carried out the procedure in a bid to save the healthier twin, after the other was found to have restrictive growth, increasing the potential for stillbirth and other health complications.
The mother-to-be was faced with the agonising decision to proceed with the abortion after learning that the healthier twin’s life was at risk.
The tragic case is one of 700 incidents uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act survey revealing basic errors that caused deaths, the Sunday Express reports.
Other incidents include the death of an unborn baby after a vital heart scan was delayed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust in Harlow, Essex, while at North Bristol NHS Trust a patient died after doctors used the wrong section of the bowel to create a colostomy.