The mother of a pregnant woman who has undergone an early gender ultrasound scan in hospital has told the Irish Times that she felt as though she had been given a “second chance” and is now hopeful for a healthy baby.
Speaking to the newspaper, Sarah T. described the experience as “an absolute blessing” and said that she is “overwhelmed” with the “surprise” of the scan.
“I felt a real relief in the morning,” she said.
“I thought ‘I can breathe and be my own person again’.”
She added: “I was really shocked by how big my belly was, because it was so big, but I thought ‘no, it’s OK.
I can breathe, and I can get through this’.”
It was the first time I had seen a scan, so it was very exciting and exciting for me to see a tumour or a lump in my tummy.
“Sarah T’s experience is not unique, as a growing number of women across the world are reporting positive results from early gender scans.
In the UK, the number of early gender ultrasounds has increased by about 50 per cent in the past five years, with an estimated 1.7 million women receiving such scans last year.
Sarah T said that her husband, Patrick, was the one who initially suggested that she undergo a scan.
She said that while her husband initially told her it was not her first time having a scan of this kind, she “didn’t believe it”.”
I asked him what the scan was, and he said ‘well, it could be anything’.
I said ‘no’.
I wanted to know more, I wanted more information,” she added.”
He said ‘but I know you’re having this scan and I’m going to go and check it’.
“After the first scan, she was told it was a tumours scan.
Patrick said he was “shocked” at the results, adding: “The scan was so good.
I felt like I had another chance.
I was a little nervous, but it was OK.
“It felt like my body had been healed, it felt like there was something there.”
The woman was then told she had a small tumour, which she described as a “small but noticeable lump”.
After the scan, Sarah felt as if she was given a second chance.
She explained: “My husband said ‘oh my God, you’ve got a small lump, you might have a tumorous tumour’.”
I was shocked, and then I started to cry, and all of a sudden I felt really good.
“Sarah said she is currently considering whether to continue with her pregnancy.
Patrick added: ‘I think we should be going ahead with the scan.’
He said that the woman has been in and out of hospital for the past few weeks with “some minor” discomfort, but is now “moving very, very well”.
He added that she was now in good spirits, and that her symptoms have subsided.”
She’s still a little bit sore and a little swollen,” he said.”
We’re expecting a baby in the next couple of weeks, so we’re just going to keep going.
“Sarah says she hopes that her experience will be a wake-up call for others in the future.”
If I could be a little more supportive, it would be great.
We don’t have to be afraid to ask questions,” she continued.”
It would be good to be able to get some of these scans done, so people know that this is not something to be ashamed of, this is normal, and you should feel good about it.”Read more: