Northern Ireland By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 31 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47062569 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit A top medic fears a no-deal … [Read more...] about Child heart patient fears over Brexit
Heart defects in unborn babies
Mark Tovey 23 May 2019 11:31 AM 23 May 2019 11:31 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp In a UK first last year, doctors at University College London operated on two unborn babies with spina bifida, a birth defect characterised by a gap in the spinal cord which can cause paralysis of the legs and incontinence. Around 1,000 foetuses a year develop spina bifida in the UK; of these, 80 per cent or so are subsequently aborted. The number of pregnancies terminated each year can be expected to drop with the arrival of this new surgery which will be made available on the NHS. And yet, far from rejoicing, pro-life advocates have been whipped into a frenzy over it. The reason? While foetuses – aged between 20 and 26 weeks – receiving these spinal corrections will be given painkillers, pain relief is not given to foetuses before they are aborted. This is a glaring inconsistency given that abortion, if the foetus is 22 weeks or … [Read more...] about Why aren’t aborted foetuses given painkillers?
Warning: This article contains pictures you may find upsetting Nursery nurse Atlanta Williams said she went through a perfectly normal pregnancy with no complications. But on June 26, 2018, the 20-year-old experienced one of the most horrendous ordeals any expectant mother could face. Her beautiful and perfectly-formed son, Stiles Williams-Herbert, was delivered stillborn. “They described my pregnancy as ‘textbook’,” Atlanta said. “I was a little bit worried as I’d previously had a miscarriage, but after a couple of early scans, and one at 20 weeks, I didn’t need to go up the hospital at all. “I also went for a 4D scan privately towards the end of the pregnancy where everything was absolutely fine.” Atlanta, who lives in the small village of Trelewis, Merthyr Tydfil, went into labour on June 25 and was admitted onto the labour ward at Prince Charles Hospital. A major independent review into maternity services at Cwm Taf health … [Read more...] about New mums at Cwm Taf hospitals reveal devastating stories of giving birth
When Cara Willis suffered major complications just 24 weeks and three days into her pregnancy, doctors warned that neither she nor her baby may survive. Her placenta had come away from the inside of the womb wall, causing significant bleeding and stopping her unborn son from receiving vital nutrients and oxygen. Medics said they had no choice but to carry out an emergency c-section and bring the child into the world incredibly prematurely - weighing a tiny 1lb 9oz. If he had been delivered just four days earlier, the baby would have been born before the abortion cut-off and may not have received any medical attention. “They had to put me to sleep in order to deliver the baby. When I woke up I didn’t know if my son would be alive or dead,” said Cara, 24. “It was an incredibly scary time. I’d previously had a c-section but this time it was completely different.” Mum-of-four Cara said the placental abruption, which occurs in around 1% of … [Read more...] about The 1lb baby born so prematurely that his skin was see-through
RESEARCHERS have created incredible images of an unborn baby’s heart beating inside the womb. Pregnant women were scanned in an MRI machine, and computers made detailed 3D models of the foetuses. The research was conducted by King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas's, who claim the approach could easily be adopted by hospitals. They claim the process could help to improve the care of numerous babies born with congenital heart disease. One mum who took part in the study was Kirbi-Lea Pettitt, who was alerted to an issue with her baby’s heart when she went for her routine ultrasound scan at 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Researchers were able to look at her baby’s heart in vivid detail and spot a dangerous narrowing of the aorta. It also emerged that baby Violet-Vienna also had two holes in her heart which could be life-threatening. Thankfully, the incredible images taken in the study enabled doctors to create a plan to save the baby’s life when she was born. … [Read more...] about Revolutionary 3D images of an unborn baby’s heart beating in the womb have been developed by scientists