Hamburg’s refugee policy is criticised after pregnant woman sent on long train trip miscarries

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 29 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3538
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

The German Medical Association has criticised the state of Hamburg’s refugee policy after a 20 year old, high risk pregnant woman from Guinea had a miscarriage after she, her husband, and their toddler son were sent on a 12 hour train and bus trip from Hamburg to a new refugee centre near Dortmund, in North-Rhine Westphalia.

In a press statement Frank Ulrich Montgomery, president of the German Medical Association, said he was “shocked” to hear of the woman’s miscarriage,1 which occurred on 2 March 2015 and was reported in investigative news reports by the regional public radio and television broadcasters NDR in Hamburg and WDR in Cologne.2 3

The news reports said that shortly before the train trip the woman, in her fifth month of pregnancy, had been in hospital for two days because of vaginal bleeding. Doctors at the hospital labelled her pregnancy as high risk and advised bed rest and as little movement as possible. But she and her family …

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