Baby Surgeons viewers heartbroken as woman grapples with aborting one twin to save the other
BABY Surgeons: Delivering Miracles broke viewers’ hearts as a pregnant woman was forced to choose to abort one of her twins in a desperate bid to save the other.
Expectant mum Jenn visited the Fetal Medicine Unit at St George’s Hospital in London, where she learned she was having monoamniotic-monochorionic twins.The doctors told the couple the best chance of survival was to terminate one baby to save the healthier one[/caption]
At 16 weeks, the rare type of pregnancy saw both babies being carried in the same amniotic sac and placenta, and one of the babies’ skulls hadn’t closed properly, with their brain protruding from the gap. The tot also had spinal column problems.
The high risk pregnancy meant the child may not survive the pregnancy, and would have mental and physical disabilities if they did.
As well as that, if she decided to carry the baby to term, their presence would affect the chances of the healthy baby’s survival as well.
Professor Basky explained: “This is a baby that’s not going to do well, if it survives. They are not going to develop properly.”Jenn later miscarried the second baby, leaving her devastated[/caption] One of the babies’ skulls hadn’t formed properly, leaving her with spina bifida and a protruding brain[/caption]
“This baby has a major psychical defect which will result in significant neuro developmental harm and even death,” he added.
Offering up a solution, Jennifer was devastated as she was told by the doctor one option was to terminate the sick child, giving the other baby a chance at survival.
The horrific decision left viewers heartbroken, as both Jenn and her husband were forced to decide what to do.
‘We’ve got two babies to think about. One would more than likely need 24 hour care and how can we provide that care and also give the twin that’s ok a good quality of life,’ Jenn said.Jenn underwent a scan to find out more about her unborn babies’ health[/caption] The heartbroken mum wanted to do what was best for her child[/caption]
Told there was a 10% chance that the other baby could miscarry as a result, Jenn and her husband made the decision to give their healthier baby a fighting chance, and opted for the termination.
“She’s chosen to improve the chances of the healthy baby,’ the doctor explained. ‘It’s really important that we’re not judgemental about women’s decisions to either end or continue with their pregnancy.
“Whoever you are, however strong you are, this is an incredibly difficult decision to make.”
Viewers were devastated at watching the couple make their decision, and praised them for their bravery of coming onto the show.
I’m so sorry Jenn , absolutely heartbreaking #BabySurgeons— vickie byrne (@vickiebyrne1) May 10, 2021
I’m heartbroken for Jenn. What a brave and wonderful woman she has been in sharing her sadness with us. #BabySurgeons— Karen (@matchdaymum) May 10, 2021
Oh Jenn #babysurgeons. You can only do three next best thing. That's tragic.— Hayley Jane #lovelybitofSquirrel (@hayleyjaneisme) May 10, 2021
Losing a baby is one of the most devastating experiences anyone can go through.— St George's NHS FT (@StGeorgesTrust) May 10, 2021
We are so grateful to Jenn and her partner, who are both incredibly strong and brave for sharing their journey with us.#BabySurgeons
What a tough decision for Jenn and her partner to have and to make. None of us can sit in judgment, though, it’s so personal #BabySurgeons— Sara (@Mabel_Mouse_) May 10, 2021
#BabySurgeons poor Jen, such a cruel loss for you both to comprehend. So sorry x— mrs P (@deedeebark) May 10, 2021
In an even more tragic turn of events, while the operation was successful, eventually the second baby did miscarry.
The couple decided to name their children Nova and Aurora, and were devastated by the decision.
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“I feel grateful for the time I got to carry the girls but sometimes, some days, I wish I was never pregnant,” Jenn said.
“Because then we never would have had to make the decisions that we made.
“My heart aches. I would love to have a baby, a child.”
Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles airs on E4.