By Dave Andrusko
Over the years NRL News and NRL News Today have run some stories that can only be described as the miraculous survival of an unborn child. The incredible saga of Michelle Hui may have assumed the #1 position.
Here’s the account of the Sunday Mirror’s Laura Elvin of Michelle and Ross Hui and their unexpected (to put it mildly) baby girl, Megan.
Last July, six weeks into her pregnancy, Michelle Hui began gushing blood as she walked to work. There was no mistake: five separate scans at Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, confirmed that she had lost her baby. That night, Elvin tells us, Hui took two “abortion pills” (presumably a prostaglandin) to expel the dead baby and as a precaution against infection, and then went home.
“The miscarriage and abortion were absolutely horrific,” she said.
Doctors told her to take a pregnancy test—not to see if she was still pregnant; doctors were sure she couldn’t be, of course—but to see whether any harmful clots had remained.
The test results were positive, so she went back to hospital for a D&C. “But it was at that point the doctors spotted a heartbeat on a scan,” Elvin wrote.
Hui, understandably, concluded, “But I thought it couldn’t be right.” She added, “After all we had been through, I didn’t want to get my hopes up.”
The odds were seemingly so remote, the first doctor asked a more senior physician to come in as they did another scan. “He said, ‘you are not going to believe it, we’ve got a heartbeat,’” Hui recalled.
Sure enough Hui had been pregnant with twins. Miraculously Megan had “survived both the miscarriage and the abortion,” Elvin wrote.
Hui said, “I couldn’t believe it,” adding, “But as happy as I was, I was angry they had missed her on the scans.”
Explanation? “They said that with all the blood and clots it must have created shadows so they couldn’t see her.”
Hui told Elvin that she’d been written up in medical journals “and the doctor said that in all his 25 years he has never come across or heard of anything like this.”
Megan was born on February 25, weighing just under six pounds. She has a sister, Mya, four, and a brother, Noah, two.
“Now Megan is fine, she’s healthy and she is just a big healthy pudding of a baby,” Hui told Elvin.