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Mother angry she might have aborted based on misdiagnosis

by | Jan 8, 2018

Little Kyla-Shae Anderson born perfectly healthy

By Dave Andrusko

Kamelia Walters, 25, from Croydon, South London, said she always knew that her unborn baby was alright. But following an ultrasound in 2016, “I was so scared when I first got told” by doctors at St George’s Hospital that her baby’s bones “were fractured in the womb.”

She told The Sun

“They started telling me I could get an abortion.

“I was just petrified when I came home that day.”

However, according to reporter Tom Michael, when she went crying to her mother, Kamelia said her mother told her “she didn’t believe it because nobody in my family has anything like that.”

But doctors outlined a very scary scenario. They said her unborn daughter was “probably” suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type III, Michael explains.

The rare genetic condition causes fragile bones that constantly break throughout a sufferer’s life.

It is also linked to a string of other problems, such as early loss of hearing or sight, breathing problems, spinal curves and fragile internal organs.

Doctors told her the only way to be 100% sure of the diagnosis was to undergo a test that might cause her to miscarry. “She said she chose to turn down the test and continue with the pregnancy despite what she had been told,” Michael writes.

When Kyla-Shae Anderson was born, Kamelia was told her baby was “normal.”

“I said, ‘she doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with her’ and I just started crying,” she told Sun Online. “I knew already somehow that there was nothing wrong with her and when she was born it just confirmed it.”

Kamelia said she was overcome with relief to find out her daughter – now 18 months old – did not have the condition.

But she said her joy soon turned to anger at realising she might have aborted her child if she had listened to medics.

For its part, the hospital told the newspaper that it “couldn’t disclose detailed information about individual patients.” A spokesperson told Michael, “We are sorry that Ms. Walters is unhappy with aspects of the care she received at St George’s.”

Categories: Unborn Children