Ministry of Health continues to investigate Pregnancy Case of Woman at Northern Regional Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Mother who claims she gave birth to twinsBelmopan, 12th September, 2012.
The Ministry of Health would like to state the findings so far in relation to the pregnancy of a 33- year-old mother of Corozal Town.

The patient first visited the Corozal Community Hospital (CCH) on July 2nd, 2012 where she was diagnosed with 23 weeks gestational age by a medical officer and requested to do an ultrasound. At that time, one fetus was noted. On her subsequent visit on August 15th, 2012, the patient presented an ultrasound which she performed at a medical facility in Chetumal. This suggested twin pregnancy and the expected date of delivery of September 3rd, 2012. During this visit to the CCH, she was again re-evaluated and diagnosed with a twin pregnancy and also at high risk due to blood pressure complications. She was referred to the Northern Regional Hospital (NRH) in Orange Walk Town.

Her next visit was on August 20th, 2012 at NRH. Upon assessment, she was again informed that she was with twin pregnancy at 38 weeks gestational age by a second ultrasound which was done privately. The patient was advised and scheduled to do a C-section on September 3rd, 2012. She attended prenatal clinic twice thereafter, on the 23rd and the 30th of August. She was again assessed at the CCH with no change to her diagnosis.

On September 3rd, 2012, the client was seen, evaluated and booked for C-Section at the NRH. On September 4th, 2012, she gave birth to a single male fetus under normal conditions. It was only until then that the doctors discovered that it was not a twin but a single pregnancy. The client was immediately informed of this by the surgical team which included one obstetrician, two paediatricians, one anaesthesiologist, one medical officer, one operating room nurse, one certified registered nurse anesthetist and one circulating nurse. She was given reassurance during her recovery in the maternity ward and was also offered counselling prior to being discharged on September 6th, 2012 because of her grief since her expectation was not met.

Ultrasounds, like many other imaging diagnostic tests, may have limitations. In the case of pregnancy, the older the gestational age, the higher the probability of error in determining fetal growth and development.

The main concern of the Ministry of Health remains the health and wellness of the mother and her new baby. We will continue the investigation in order to better counsel the mother and her family.