Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mother dies after doctor overdose of misoprostol

A lawyer died after she was given a dose of a labour inducing drug 16 times the level stated in national guidelines, an inquest heard.Suzanne Ballantyne, 47, a partner at Capsticks Solicitors, was being treated at St George’s Hospital in London, after her unborn child died in the womb 39 weeks into her pregnancy.

Doctors gave her an 800-microgramme dose of misoprostol, as recommended by the Trust’s in-house protocol, in an attempt to induce labour and retrieve the foetus. However, the drug is known to put patients at increased risk of tears to the uterus.Guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – published just four days before Mrs Ballantyne’s death last November – recommend doses of no higher than 50mcg.

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Time passes

It’s been quite a long time between posts.

I’ve learnt that time doesn’t heal wounds (well not for me anyway), but it does make the pain not as harsh. And it’s still difficult to know how I’ll feel as each day passes. But there are things which make it easier to live with the loss of your child…