Hospital bosses have apologised after two pregnant women were wrongly told their unborn babies were dead during routine scans.
Joanna Barro, 25, was told by staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton that they could not detect a foetal heartbeat when she went for a scan while eight weeks pregnant with her first child.
She was advised to go home and let the miscarriage procedure take its course. She returned for a follow-up scan a week later as she refused to accept her baby was dead, and learned there was a heartbeat. Miss Barro went on to give birth seven months later to healthy 7lb 4oz Ruby, who will be three in February.
Her case echoes that of Sofia Taylor, 22, who refused to accept her baby was dead at nine weeks in August at the same hospital and demanded a second scan which showed her pregnancy was progressing normally.
Hospital officials reassured pregnant women in the area, saying these were isolated cases of human error which happened more than three years apart.
Speaking from her home in Telscombe Cliffs, Miss Barro said: "Their words to me were, 'It's dead, she has miscarried, there is no heartbeat'. They sent me home with a miscarriage letter and told me to let nature take its course.
"Call it a mother's instinct, but I didn't believe she was dead. I thought having a miscarriage would be painful but I didn't get any of that.
"They shouldn't have told me I had miscarried without being 100% sure," she said. "They just need to sort it out because if I had not had a second scan I would have terminated Ruby."
Mrs Taylor, from Peacehaven, told the Daily Mail: "I insisted on having another test. They weren't happy about it and said I really should have a termination. If I had listened to them I would have lost my baby. It doesn't bear thinking about."
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust said it carries out 6,000 scans a year and its safety record is in the best 5% nationally.