Baby boy born alive after failed abortion dies in mother’s arms

A grieving mother has relived the harrowing moment she went into hospital for an abortion but instead gave birth to a live, crying, baby boy who died in her arms.

Doctors diagnosed Sofia Khan’s son with spina bifida during a routine ultrasound scan 20 weeks into the pregnancy. 

Even after the diagnosis, Sofia was determined to choose life for her baby. Recalling the moment, she told the Sun: “I was devastated. I kept thinking that we would manage and that he could have surgery to help him.” 

However, doctors put immense pressure on Sofia and her husband to abort the baby claiming the baby boy’s spina bifida was the worst case they’d ever come across. They told Sofia to have an abortion saying it was unlikely her son would survive the pregnancy.  

Heartbroken, and following much discussion, the couple decided they would listen to the doctors’ advice. Sofia said: “We were heartbroken, but we made the decision to terminate. We felt it was best for the baby but even so I had moments of doubt and guilt.”

At 25 weeks pregnant Sofia travelled to St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester to terminate the pregnancy.

During the procedure, a lethal injection was administered to the umbilical cord with the intention of stopping the baby’s heartbeat. Sofia was then transferred to her local hospital, in Bolton, where she underwent an induced labour with no choice but to deliver what she expected to be her dead baby.

Following the injection, doctors carried out two scans to ensure there was no heartbeat and confirmed to Sofia that her son was dead.

Sofia said: “It was a relief to know his suffering was over but heart-breaking that he was gone.”

But, before the procedure she felt her son move. She alerted midwives but had her concerns dismissed as they assumed the injection in the other hospital had killed Sofia’s baby.

Sofia said: “As I waited, I felt the baby kick. I told the midwife but she said it was impossible. I asked her to put the monitor on to be sure but she said there was no need.”

Ten hours later, she gave birth and was stunned to hear her baby son crying.

She says: “I thought I was going mad. I thought I was hearing the cry because that’s what I wanted – my baby to be alive.

“The midwife went into shock. She was screaming for help, she ran with the baby into the corridor.

“They brought him back and said: ‘What do you want us to do?’ and I didn’t know what they meant. I held him and cuddled him and told him how much I loved him.

“He was such a fighter. He had a huge hole in his spine and he was very disabled, and yet he hung on to life for an hour.

“I can’t help thinking that he was determined to have one cuddle with his mummy.”

Sofia and her husband named their son Mohammed Rehman. They gave him a full funeral and he is buried near their home.

Shockingly, an internal investigation into the incident revealed that the assistant coroner had recorded the baby’s death as “by natural causes,” despite the intervention of a lethal injection and forced labour. 

Dr Philip Bullen told assistant coroner Simon Nelson: “I was extremely shocked to hear what had happened … I was stunned as the procedure had gone exactly how we like the procedure to go, very smoothly.”

Disturbingly, rather than ensure doctors do more to help babies who survive an abortion, guidelines have been changed to ensure doctors listen to heartbeats for longer post-abortion to ensure that they have ended the lives of babies before inducing labour. 

Asked if the hospital had apologised, Sofia added: “The hospital have offered their condolences to me but it doesn’t feel to me like they have actually apologised.

“I have been told it was very, very unfortunate and very rare and that in future women will be told that the procedure is not 100 percent effective…

“I do feel angry with the hospital. I feel angry that I wasn’t listened to.”

“I am still grieving. I think of him every day,” she added.

Estimates have predicted that 80 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with spina bifida, each year, are aborted.

However, pro-life campaigners are hopeful that now the surgery has been made routinely available on the NHS, the number of unborn babies terminated each year will fall.

A new study, conducted by researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health, has confirmed the long-term benefits of the surgery over those who had traditional corrective surgery after birth. 

Last week, a former nurse revealed how babies born alive in ‘failed’ abortions in the US are being left to die, something which could happen under the Conservative’s proposed extreme abortion framework for Northern Ireland.

Baby boy born with severely swollen head due to rare condition is defying the odds after parents refuse abortion

A baby boy born with a swollen head is defying doctors who told his mother to terminate her pregnancy because he wouldn’t survive birth. 

Doctors did not expect Lorenzo Pontone to survive when they diagnosed him with severe hydrocephalus – a condition which causes fluid to build up in the skull, making the brain swell – at his 20-week scan and offered his parents an abortion.

However, the couple wanted to give Lorenzo a chance – despite pressure from doctors to abort. 

His father, Fernando Pontone said: “To me it sounded like the first thing they said to do was terminate.

“In the end, we just didn’t think it was fair. He was halfway to being born. He had arms and legs and a face. We couldn’t kill him.”

His mother, Nichaela Pontone said: “While we considered it [abortion] because doctors said it was the best thing to do, we decided to let nature take its course because he was half way there.”

Lorenzo was delivered, on 8 January, by caesarean section after 36 weeks because his head was growing so quickly. 

Fernando said: “They took him out and rushed him straight to this little table, as it took a good few minutes to get him round.

“It felt like an eternity until we heard him cry and the tears of joy started.”

During the first two weeks of his life, Lorenzo has needed brain surgery, support with his breathing and was unable to close his eyes.

However, the little fighter has since gone on to defy the odds and amaze his parents and doctors by being able to breathe and close his eyes independently.

He has also had a tube, known as a shunt, inserted into his head which will drain the fluid from his brain down into his stomach, meaning that the swelling on his head will reduce with time.

Nichaela and Fernando don’t know how the condition will affect their son long term but are proud of their “miracle” baby for even surviving birth.

Fernando said: “I’m so glad we didn’t go through with a termination…

“As soon as we saw him we fell in love with him. I couldn’t stop shivering, we were crying our eyes out. We’re so proud of him.”

The couple hope to move Lorenzo to the Huddersfield-based Hospice when he is discharged from hospital, as a halfway house before eventually bringing him home.

The little boy has been introduced to his brothers and sister, Koby, 12, Lily, 10, Thomas, eight, Bella, five and Gino, 10 months.

Nichaela said: “He’s brilliant, he’s very demanding with food and his brothers and sisters just love him.”

According to the Hydrocephalus Association, hydrocephalus affects around one in 1,000 babies, making it as widespread as Down’s syndrome and more common than spina bifida.

Nichaela has created a Facebook group detailing Lorenzo’s battle with the condition.

She told the Mirror: “I want to raise awareness about hydrocephalus because I’ve spoken to quite a few other mums about it that have had kids with it or similar brain conditions.

“It’s not well known and I also want to show that doctors aren’t always right when they give you worst case situations.”

She added: “He’s proved a lot of doctors wrong so far. They said he would not be able to breathe on his own, they said he would have seizures. He hasn’t had any seizures since he was born.”

Lorenzo’s story is similar to that of many other babies, including seven-year-old Noah Wall whose parents were asked on five separate occasions to consider abortion. 

Doctors gave Noah Wall, who was born with just 2% of his brain and paralysed from the waist down, just a few days left to live. 

However, Noah moved his foot for the first time after undergoing pioneering therapy in December.

New Zealand’s tiniest baby to celebrate first birthday against the odds, after parents reject abortion

A baby girl given just a 30% chance of survival has beaten the odds and will soon celebrate her first birthday after her parents rejected abortion.

Amairah Makan weighed just 490g when she was born by emergency caesarean section at 29 weeks, making her one of New Zealand’s tiniest babies to survive premature birth.

The Auckland tot is now healthy and happy, though nearly half the average weight for her age at just under 5kg, as she approaches her first birthday on 25 February.

Amairah’s mother and father, Kainat and Piyush, were told at the 20-week pregnancy ultrasound scan that their daughter wasn’t growing and that the baby’s prognosis “didn’t look good“.

At that point, doctors told the first-time parents they faced either a delivery at 30 weeks or a stillbirth and offered them an abortion.

Kainat told New Zealand news website Stuff that it was “was the biggest shock” of their lives.

Determined to give their daughter a chance, they declined the abortion.

By 26 weeks, Kainat developed preeclampsia and was hospitalised until Amairah was born weighing just enough to be cared for by the neonatal doctors in Auckland Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

Amairah’s rough first year continued and she suffered from a range of medical problems, including chronic lung disease, respiratory distress syndrome, and retinopathy. She also had two surgeries for bowel obstruction and developed multiple infections, needed multiple blood transfusions, ultrasound scans, X-rays and MRI.

Kainat said: “When she was born, I didn’t even see her, I didn’t even hug her, they just took her. We had our first cuddle 12 days after she was born.”

Amairah is now thriving under the care of developmental therapist and dietician.

One month ahead of Amairah’s first birthday her mother exclaimed: “She’s such a happy child, she’s smiling all the time at strangers, she barely cries”.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has championed a Government Bill to introduce extreme abortion legislation to New Zealand. The Bill will introduce abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities such as Down’s syndrome or cleft lip and palate.

Currently, there is a 20-week time limit for disability-selective abortions in New Zealand law.

The proposed legislation will see this time limit removed and abortion for babies prenatally diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and other disabilities will be available up until birth, with the approval of a single health practitioner.

A large number of parents have publicly voiced their concerns about the harmful impact this Bill will have on people with Down’s syndrome.

Last month, thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand’s capital city to urge their political leaders to defend human life ahead of an expect vote on the extreme abortion bill later this year.

Baby girl given 1% chance of survival described as ‘Christmas miracle’ by mother who rejected abortion pressure

The mother of a baby girl given just a 1% chance of survival has described her birth as a “Christmas miracle” after rejecting pressure to have an abortion.

When Kirsty Mizon’s waters broke at just 13 weeks, doctors told her that her baby would pass away within 48 hours and that she should go home and wait for it to happen.

Recalling the event to Derbyshire Live, Kirsty said: “I was devastated. I went home and I waited for the inevitable to happen.

“But it didn’t. My baby’s heartbeat was still going strong.”

As her pregnancy progressed, the doctors persisted in offering her an abortion, telling the 23-year-old that her baby “will be handicapped and won’t be able to use his limbs.”

She said: “They gave her a one per cent survival rate because I was constantly losing amniotic fluid…

“Doctors said with no fluid the baby wouldn’t have any lung capacity or be able to move. It was awful.”

Kirsty began to make funeral arrangements for her unborn baby.

She revealed: “I had been in touch with a bereavement midwife before and I cried so many tears for the baby I thought I was going to lose. I was even put on antidepressants.”

When she finally went into labour at 29 weeks Kirsty was resigned to her unborn baby being a stillborn.

However, against all odds, baby Lacey was born alive at 29 weeks on 1 December weighing a tiny 3lbs.

Kirsty explained when she heard her baby cry, “it was the best feeling ever, the greatest sound I have ever heard.”

She added that baby Lacey is “doing really well” and only has one minor problem which can be fixed with physiotherapy.

It is hoped, Lacey can join her mother, her father, Lewis, and two brothers, Leo and Logan, in the family home in the new year.

She added: “I am still in shock. I just can’t believe I have a baby. A beautiful baby girl.

“She is my Christmas miracle.”