Josh Scott, Chloe Wakelin, Jamie Scott and Ellie Scott in their back garden.
Josh Scott, Chloe Wakelin, Jamie Scott and Ellie Scott in their back garden. Mike Knott BUNJAM

Baby horror for mum

A YOUNG mother has told of how she and her partner had to make the heartbreaking decision to terminate her pregnancy at Christmas, only to have the process bungled by Bundaberg Hospital.

Jamie Scott, 21, said the problems started right at the beginning of her pregnancy when she was not given her first scan.

"When I did get a scan at 19 weeks, they rang me the next morning and said there was something wrong with my baby and told me to go into the hospital," she said.

At Bundaberg Hospital, Ms Scott said she was told she would be contacted by the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to make an appointment for another scan.

"The doctor there wouldn't tell me much either, but he said I had to consider termination as an option," she said.

Ms Scott said the doctors could not tell her exactly what was wrong with her baby.

"Me and my partner spent the whole Friday before Christmas discussing it, and we decided termination was probably best," she said.

Ms Scott said she and her partner went to Bundaberg Hospital on Christmas Eve.

"They put us in this room and we had to wait an hour, then a nurse told us the head of department wouldn't clear the termination because there was no clear diagnosis," she said.

"I was also told none of the three doctors on duty would do it because it was against their religion or ethical beliefs, and I should just go home."

The confusion continued when Ms Scott went to Brisbane for her second scan last Wednesday - she was told Bundaberg Hospital had advised them the termination had been done.

A termination was then hurriedly organised in Brisbane.

Ms Scott said tests on her baby carried out after the termination showed it had severe dwarfism with other complications.

A Queensland Health spokeswoman said Ms Scott's medical record indicated the decision not to terminate in Bundaberg was based on clinical criteria and not for the religious beliefs of the treating clinician.

She claimed Ms Scott had been sent to Brisbane for further review, with no guarantee the procedure she sought was clinically indicated.

"After the availability of further testing in Brisbane, the results informed the clinical decision to proceed," she said.



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