‘How could our doctor call my baby retarded?’ Grieving parents claim NHS staff asked (tr)
Daily Mail ^ | Dec 03, 2017 | STEPHEN ADAMS
Posted on 12/03/2017 5:16:15 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
The grief of Hannah and Ben Day when their baby daughter Iris died at five months old was incalculable.
To their heartbreak was added the agonising question of whether her life could have been saved if a vital heart operation had not been delayed three times, as an inquest heard last month.
Still, as they look back now, the parents cherish the memories from every day of Iris’s short life.
But it is a life that would never have begun if they had followed the shocking proposition by NHS staff to abort their baby 37 weeks into the pregnancy because she had Down’s syndrome.
Now Hannah and Ben have spoken to The Mail on Sunday of their horror at being asked to consider ending Iris’s life just three-and-a-half weeks before she was born – and of their disgust when one doctor used the repugnant term ‘mentally retarded’ to describe a child with Down’s.
Last night the Days, a professional couple who met while working in the City, said they felt like they were treated like ‘an annoyance to the NHS’ from the moment Iris was diagnosed with the genetic condition in the 36th week of pregnancy.
Ben, 41, an insurance broker at Lloyds of London, said: ‘From the outset, we felt like we were steered towards an abortion.’
Hannah, 29, added: ‘I just don’t agree with this notion that, if the baby’s not perfect, it shouldn’t be brought into the world. Because Iris was an IVF baby, for us she was our little miracle. She was so wanted – and every day with her was precious.’
The case raises unsettling questions about attitudes towards Down’s syndrome in the NHS, amid concerns that a new, highly accurate pre-natal test for the condition could lead to more babies being aborted.
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This is a disturbing trend, led by Iceland which proudly claims to have had 0 babies born with Downs syndrome, of aborting or refusing to treat babies with defects. A very slippery slope.
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