Woman carried the remains of her dead baby in her body for 7 months after miscarriage

The excruciating experience of losing her baby was difficult enough for a mother, who suffered a miscarriage a few weeks into her pregnancy. But the heartbreaking ordeal only got worse after she realized she had been carrying the remains of her dead baby inside her body for more than half a year.

Ericka Hall, 38, found it so devastating that she said, “I wouldn’t wish the pain on my worst enemy.”

“Losing the baby was hard enough,” she added. “But then to find out I still had remains [in my body] was sickening and upsetting.”



The mother, who has four sons aged 21, 11, eight, and six, revealed that the miscarriage took place about 3 months into her pregnancy. She was scheduled to appear at the hospital for her 12-week scan, but she lost her baby a day before the appointment.

“I found out I had miscarried the day before my scan,” Ericka told Metro. “I went to the hospital. I was getting pain, and they said it could be an implantation or infection.”



After losing her child, doctors at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in the UK conducted their check and eventually sent her back home. However, Ericka soon began to feel pain and was also bleeding.



“I went home. I was still bleeding a lot. I kept passing out and knew something was wrong,” Ericka said. “My partner called an ambulance. They took me to the Royal Stoke, where I had tests, and they put me on fluids. I ended up having a blood transfusion. Later that night a doctor took me in a room, examined me, and took the rest of the baby contents out. I was released the day after thinking all would be okay.”



Going by the doctor’s words, Ericka went back home but saw the agonizing pain return within a few months.

“I thought I had an infection, I started having some pain,” she recalled. “I had a urine test done at the doctors, and nothing came back on that. Then the pain got really bad, I was struggling to get out of bed and to sleep. I couldn’t put up with it anymore, so I went to the hospital. I went three times in 14 days.”



The pain she felt at the time was so unbearable that she couldn’t even go about her everyday routine. Ericka also went to the hospital several times but found no respite to her pain and received no answers from doctors.

“They just kept fobbing me off,” she said. “Eventually, they took me in and did a scan and found a cyst on my ovary. They said there were still some remains of the baby there from March. It has caused my appendix to play up, and I had to have keyhole surgery to remove it.”



Feeling completely disappointed in the way things turned out, Ericka said, “I feel angry about it. Why didn’t they check after the miscarriage that all the contents had gone? They shouldn’t just send someone home and seven months later you are still carrying the remains of your unborn baby.”



Following the incident, Deputy Chief Nurse Scott Malton from the Royal Stoke acknowledged what happened to Ericka and showed support.

“We are very sorry to hear of Ericka’s situation,” Malton said. “It is always our aim to deliver the highest standards of care possible. We do take any complaint or concerns raised by patients or their families very seriously, and we would encourage Ericka to let us know and speak to the Patient Advice and Liaison Team who can investigate and provide support.”


Cover image: Representational (Getty Images | Photo by skaman306)


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