Baby born healthy after hospital advised abortion

ABC News (Australia) Feb 17, 2010
Fiona Vanderhook came close to never knowing her 14-month-old son Diesel. When she was five weeks pregnant, a trainee doctor told Ms Vanderhook she had lost the baby.

The doctor recommended termination using the drug misoprostol, but the drug did not work and a follow-up scan showed the foetus was still alive. Later scans revealed the baby had fluid on the brain – a condition likely caused by the abortion drug Ms Vanderhook had been given.

Despite six other specialist opinions that the baby would be born normal, Ms Vanderhook says a senior obstetrician at Canberra Hospital continued to press her to terminate the baby, even at 31 weeks, when termination would have involved inducing labour.

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