A change of heart

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 09 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1400
  1. Ruth Hubbard, clinical lecturer, geriatric medicine
  1. Llandough Hospital, Penarth

    His birth wasn't straightforward: I was induced because he was late, had an emergency caesarean section for failure to progress, and had a 2300 ml postpartum haemorrhage. “Typical doctor!” the obstetricians chuckled at me, “but he's worth it, isn't he?” I looked over at my baby son. Of course he was worth it. I was exhausted but felt elated and an immense love for him. We named him Will. He was perfect.

    Except that he wasn't quite perfect after all. By the age of 6 days he had had his second echocardiogram, and my husband and I were being ushered into the consultant paediatric cardiologist's room. I was told to take a seat and offered a cup of tea. I knew we were about to be the wrong side of …

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