Miscarriage error woman saved baby
A mother who insisted on a second scan after wrongly being told she suffered a miscarriage has said she cherishes every milestone in her young son's life.
Melissa Redmond, from Donabate in north Dublin, admitted she feels she had a lucky escape every time she looks at her son Michael, now 13-months-old.
"Michael is a lovely happy little boy. He is just a joy to have around. He feeds well, sleeps well, everything you could wish for. He is a dream," she said.
"Every time I look at him what happened never leaves me.
"Maybe it will as time goes on but there are so many milestones at the moment: his first words, his first steps. We could have missed them all.
"I probably will feel differently over time but at the moment I feel it every day."
Mrs Redmond, 36, and her husband Michael were told she had miscarried after having a scan at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
But she went back to her GP and insisted on another scan, which showed a foetal heartbeat.
A review by the Health Service Executive (HSE) found inadequate staff training and over-reliance on ultrasound led to 24 women being wrongly told they had suffered a miscarriage.
Recommendations being implemented include developing national guidelines for the management of early pregnancy complications and ensuring emergency gynaecological care has a dedicated early pregnancy assessment unit.