'We sat in the airport crying': Irish couple describes travelling to England to abort terminal pregnancy
The country's strict abortion laws meant the couple couldn't end the pregnancy in Ireland
Helen Hoddinott Dublin
May 20, 2018
When Caroline and Michael McCarthy were told at their 20-week pregnancy scan that their third child wouldn’t survive outside the womb, they were devastated.
They learnt that their baby’s kidneys hadn’t developed in the first weeks of pregnancy, a condition called bilateral renal agenesis. As a result, there was no amniotic fluid and the baby had no chance of survival after birth.
‘I spent hours listing pros and cons of ending my pregnancy’
As a GP I’m very aware of the h of pregnancy loss. Would the decision haunt me?
April 27, 2018
On January 3rd, 2018, at 03.34am I delivered my third child, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. He weighed just one pound and seven ounces, and we named him John George after his dad’s great grandfather.
The reason I was there and not at home in my own maternity hospital was that my husband and I had decided to terminate our pregnancy. I was 23 weeks and four days pregnant and it was just over three weeks since we had discovered our baby would not survive once born.