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A mother tells writes a novel about the heartbreaking consequences of a misdiagnosis. An ultrasound at 16 weeks into a pregnancy showed an abnormal abdominal bulge in the fetus. Monthly ultrasounds by a fetal medicine specialist failed to correctly diagnose the defects. Surgery soon after birth was done to repair the defect by a surgeon who was being investigated for the deaths of 2 infants and the near death of another one. The surgeon had also misrepresented his level of ability and experience. The surgeon did not correctly diagnose the infant's condition even after surgery. The baby eventually died at 8 months from her defects known as cloacal exstrophy.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Daily Times
About: Fetus's birth defect misdiagnosed even after surgery to correct the defect
Date: 29 November 2004
Source: Daily Times
Author: Connie Seasfedt
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