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Unborn child 'nearly killed' due to doc's error

Malin Nyberg · 14 Sep 2009, 11:00

Published: 14 Sep 2009 11:00 GMT+02:00

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Jenny Huber was six weeks pregnant when she went to see a doctor at Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset) due to vaginal bleeding.

The doctor was unable to detect any heartbeat for the embryo and assumed Huber had lost her child.

She was prescribed three tablets of Cytotec, commonly known as "abortion pills", designed to induce labour and force the embryo and any remaining tissue out of her body.

However, Huber was scared of the pain the pills would cause her and decided against taking them.

“I was terrified and preferred to have things happen naturally. In addition, I didn't really trust the doctor; she gave me a very mixed impression. I didn’t dare to hope my child was still alive, but it just didn’t feel right to take the pills,” Huber told The Local.

A week after Huber’s visit at the hospital, she started having pains in her stomach and feeling sick. She then went to Huddinge hospital south of Stockholm, as she was wary of returning to the doctor who had treated her at Stockholm South.

A subsequent examination by doctors at the new hospital revealed that Huber's embryo was still alive.

“When they told me that everything looked fine I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked. It took a very long time to understand what had happened,” said Huber.

Huber's pregnancy is now in its thirteenth weeks and she feels fine.

Nevertheless, she remains critical of the doctor who prescribed her the abortion pills, and has lodged a formal complaint against her with Sweden's Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd - HSAN).

“She shouldn't make any decisions of her own. It might sound harsh, but I could have killed my child because of her. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said Huber.

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When contacted by The Local, the doctor from Stockholm South General Hospital refused to comment as she was still unaware she had misdiagnosed Huber's case.

Repeated requests by The Local for a comment from the hospital have so far been left unanswered.

Malin Nyberg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:47 September 14, 2009 by benomax
Too bad it happened that way. This is just a medical error and it is not the doctors fault completely. Since the doctor could not detect the embryo breathing, then in order to save the life of the patient, something has to be done. Well good nothing happened to the child and the patient is sound. Hopefully next time, doctors should conduct double test to be double sure before any decision is made. Medical error is very serious and should be avoided by doctors because life is involved and most be handled with care.
16:24 September 14, 2009 by ironman294
always get a second opinion especially on something important like this.

In this instance a complaint is good.

Unlike the swedish guy who filed a complaint in Romania, because a stripper who gave hima lapdance went to far as he claims. What a dummy!
09:55 September 15, 2009 by John_berg
I think there is something seriuosly wrong with the Medical system in Sweden. Every second day you can read in the news one or the other doctor doing something wrong with the patients.

and then all the patient can do is just send a complaint to HSAN, which does nothing than giving warnings to the doctors..

I have read so much about the mistakes done by doctors that i seriously fear going to the doctor now even for a small thing..

A much harder system needs to be in place for the doctors. A person who suffers the loss is the one who can understand the pain of one mistake made by a doctor.
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