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Wrong Twin Aborted

November 24, 2011 by staff 

Wrong Twin Aborted, An Australian hospital is investigating after staff accidentally terminated a healthy fetus instead of its twin with heart defects just over a month before a full-term pregnancy.

The incident at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital happened after the mother, who was 32 weeks into her pregnancy, had asked to have the unhealthy twin terminated after consulting with doctors.

After the mistake was discovered, the woman was forced to have an emergency caesarean section to terminate the unhealthy fetus, the newspaper the Australian reported.

State Health Minister David Davis said the hospital would conduct an independent investigation and that other government bodies may look into the matter.

He also suggested that the family at the centre of the mix-up could receive compensation.

“There’s no question that this is an incident that everyone would have preferred had not occurred,” Davis said, according to the Australian.

State Premier Ted Baillieu said the investigation would be as thorough as possible.

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