baby born alive despite medical termination of pregnancy

BOLOGNE-SUR-MER – A baby was born alive while a medical interruption of pregnancy (IMG) had just been practiced on her mother a few hours earlier.

The decision to terminate the pregnancy was made when doctors at the Boulogne-sur-Mer hospital in France discovered that the fetus had a severe malformation.

“We were told that our child had 80% of the brain that did not work. The doctors said the baby would be paralyzed and could not eat or drink, “Mr and Mrs Delage told the daily” La Voix du Nord “.

She was eight months pregnant and still under the shock of the announcement of the diagnosis, Mrs. Delage presented herself to the hospital on Monday as planned.

A double dose injection was injected into the umbilical cord. The doctors then found that the baby’s heart had stopped beating and had informed the family.

However, the child began shouting during childbirth.

“The baby is alive. He cries, he eats, he moves. We do not understand what happened and there is no explanation from the hospital, “said father of family, Jerome Delage.
“It’s rare, but it happens”

The doctors, on their part, evoke exceptional circumstances.

“We checked the operation and there were no medical errors made by the experienced practitioners who performed the surgery. We are faced with a failure of the IMG. This is rare, but it happens, “said the president of the medical commission of the hospital Duchenne, Dr. Pierre Ducq.

An internal investigation was opened to shed light on this rare phenomenon.

In addition, there would be no communication between the family and the hospital according to “La Voix du Nord”.

“We must be in the accompaniment of the family, because they are in a situation of psychological distress and we must support them. But the tension prevents us for the moment, “said the director of the hospital of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Yves Marlier.

Doctors do not know if the child, who has been taken to a neonatal service, will be able to live for a long time.

It is to undergo further examinations in the coming days.

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