Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Woman leaves foetus on Donegal driveway

Police in the Republic of Ireland are concerned for the welfare of a woman after foetus was found in a driveway in Co Donegal.

Supt Leo McGinn said: “The discovery was made just after the bank holiday weekend so it is not possible to say at this stage whether the mother was local or a visitor. Many visitors are attracted to that area.

“Our main interest is finding the mother and ensuring that she is properly cared for.”

He added doctors were checking patient lists, and the Health Service Executive had been notified. HSE West said last night: “The HSE is available to provide assistance and support to any individual.”

The foetus is understood to be between 12 and 16 weeks old.

The area where the foetus was found is a rural spot but has a number of houses and holiday cottages in the vicinity.

Police believe the foetus had not been at the scene for long.

Resident Sheila McCann found the foetus near her home in Brenter, Dunkineely, said: "I didn't know what it was at first and then when I realised what it might be, I raced across the road to my friend and she came out," she said.

"I knew by her face when she looked down that she realised it was what we both feared it might be."

Medical tests were carried out in Letterkenny General Hospital where doctors were able to establish how far into pregnancy the woman may have been.

Mrs McCann lives with her husband in Vietnam but frequently returns to their home in Brenter.

She said: "I was very upset by the discovery.

"Some girl or woman must be in distress. I hope she contacts the gardai. It was clear that the gardai were very sympathetic and only want to help her. I hope she gets in touch with them."



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