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Sinn Fein Councillor calls for information hotline and counselling service for mothers who have miscarried or lost children

9 June, 2010

In the light of the information surrounding the misdiagnosis and failure of child scanning equipment emerging, Tallaght based Sinn Féin Councillor and Dublin Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum Member Seán Crowe has called for the establishment of a hotline and Counselling Service to be made available to women who have miscarried or lost children.

Councillor Seán Crowe said:

“Melissa and Michael Redmond are to be commended for going public about the traumatic experience which almost led to the death of their baby. It was Melissa’s instincts and good sense in seeking a second opinion that prevented a tragedy.

“There are now further cases emerging where faulty machines or scanners led to mistakes being made in determining whether children were alive or dead.

“Throughout all the coverage no one is talking about the effect this having on those others mothers who were diagnosed under the same procedure and who have lost children.

“Surely it is reasonable to assume that any parent who may have lost a child is now wondering whether their child was actually alive. Was the hospital doctor wrong or was the scan machine working properly on the day?

“We know from published figures that 1 in 4 women have miscarriages.

“Nowhere in the extensive coverage and excuses from the HSE, the Hospitals or the medical professions has anyone mentioned the trauma that many of these women are now going through in the light of the publicity surrounding these baby diagnosis cases.

“I am calling for the Government and the Health Service Executive to establish a hotline and make counselling services available throughout the state, if needed, for many of these women who have miscarried or lost children.” ENDS

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