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Melissa Redmond says she cherishes every milestone in her young son Michael's life

Melissa Redmond says she cherishes every milestone in her young son Michael's life

Melissa Redmond says she cherishes every milestone in her young son Michael's life

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.

PA


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