A Victorian woman 32 weeks pregnant with twin boys has lost both babies after a botched attempt to abort the sick twin terminated the wrong baby.
The Herald-Sun reports the woman, who had already named the twin boys, was told by doctors that one of the babies had a congenital heart defect that would require yeas of operations, if he lived at all.
An ultrasound had revealed the healthy twin was in a different sac to the sick baby before the termination.
But the procedure at the Royal Women’s Hospital went horribly wrong just after 2.30pm on Tuesday when the healthy baby was accidentally injected and terminated.
The paper says the mother then underwent an emergency Caesarian section to end the life of the sick child.
A friend of the woman told the Herald Sun she is “traumatised” by the tragedy.
“She went to the hospital with two babies and now she has none,” the friend said. “And she had the heartache of giving birth to her sick baby. She’s traumatised.”
Medical staff involved in what the hospital has described as a “clinical accident” were also reportedly inconsolable last night.
The ultrasound clinician reportedly checked three times before the termination because she didn’t want to make a mistake.
A hospital spokeswoman last night apologised and said a full investigation would be conducted.
“The Royal Women’s Hospital can confirm a distressing clinical accident occurred (on Tuesday),” she said.
“This is a terrible tragedy and the hospital is deeply sorry for the loss suffered by the patient and her family.”
The Herald Sun said the woman’s family is thought to be considering legal action.