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I was told my unborn baby was dead in the womb – until I asked key question

A MUM-to-be was wrongly told by doctors her unborn baby had died in the womb, before scans revealed her son was alive.

Hannah Cole, 26, was admitted to Bradford Royal Infirmary in October after she experienced some unexpected bleeding while she was 22 weeks pregnant.

Hannah was stunned when medics then revealed the news that in fact her baby was still alive.

After some scan doctors revealed the “absolutely devastating” news that they could not detect a heartbeat and her baby had passed away.

However, Hannah, from Bradford in West Yorkshire, said a “gut feeling” had forced her to ask for a second ultrasound scan as she lay distraught in her hospital.

And the expectant mum was stunned when medics then revealed the news that in fact her baby was still alive.

“I knew deep down that he was still there because I could still feel movements – I was absolutely devastated when they told me at first,” she said.

She added: “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for me”.

Hannah said that being told her baby had died was “harrowing”.

“It’s been absolutely crazy. I don’t know how they got it wrong,” she said.

“To be told different things in the space of a week has made my mind boggled. It’s been very stressful.



“It was just relief when I was told that everything was fine,” she said.

An investigation has now been launched at the hospital.

However, after her experience, Hannah was anxious about returning for future treatment at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI).

 “I’m very unsure about going back to that hospital. I just think ‘how many times has this happened before?’

I want other women to be aware of what I have been put through. I want other women to be aware of this situation.

Hannah’s baby, which she called “a little fighter” is due on February 9, 2023.

A Trust spokesman said that the hospital’s priority is making sure Hannah and her unborn son receive ‘appropriate clinical care’ for the rest of her pregnancy.

Sarah Hollins, director of midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to offer my sincere apologies for the distress and anxiety caused to Ms Cole regarding the treatment and care received during her current pregnancy.

“Ms Cole is fully aware that an investigation is in progress.”

She added: “Our priority is ensuring that Ms Cole and her unborn baby receive the appropriate clinical care for the remainder of her pregnancy.”

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