Thursday, January 26, 2012

In The News...



Yesterday Kim shared with me this link, and I thought it really needed to be shared with everyone!

A mother is suing her obstetrician because she was misdiagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy in 2006.  After having multiple miscarriages, and finally getting a positive pregnancy test, she went to her doctor who told her that her pregnancy was ectopic {also known as a tubal pregnancy because the egg is not in the uterus but the fallopian tube} so the doctor suggested she take a shot of methotrexate (a chemotherapy drug) that would terminate the pregnancy but still be safe for her and her uterus.  The mother had other kids at home and thought it was best to take it {ectopic pregnancy are life threatening if not caught in time!}.  Two weeks later, after having a bad nightmare about a baby crying for her help, she went back to the doctor and asked for a second opinion, and was surprised {as were the ultrasound techs!} to find that she was still in fact pregnant and the baby was NOT in the fallopian tube but in her uterus!  

Sadly this misdiagnosis has happened before, but a lot of times the parents choose to terminate the pregnancy, and for the parents that did not choose to, the babies did not make it to full term... but the mother that is suing... well her baby did make it full term!  And came out healthy and with limited defects, or so they thought!  When the nurse went to take the babies temperature, they found that she had no rectum, uterus or vagina! And that she has some spinal cord problems .  The little girl is now healthy and 5 years old, but will still always have problems, and will never be able to have kids!

Researchers have studied the effects of methotrexate on 8 misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancies {the story listed above was not included in this study} and was reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  Three pregnancies ended in miscarriage within two weeks of receiving the injection; Three were surgically removed after the mothers had been warned of the risks of defects; Of the remaining two, one was still born at 30 weeks and one was born with severe defects at 37 weeks.



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Hi there! My name is Nichole!

I have a passion for fitness and helping others!

My family IS my life. I know how hard it can be trying to juggle it all. My goal is to live a long, healthy life to see my children grow up, so our fitness and health is very important to me!

1 comment:

  1. My goodness! What a tragedy! Thank goodness she listened to that dream and got her baby to live albeit with those abnormalities.
    We should all listen to our instincts and that "still small voice".

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