Hospital questions child on pregnancy status

Stuff co.nz 3 August 2018
Family First Comment: Apparently this is standard practice – but why aren’t the parents involved in the process!??!
And how come unborn children are now being considered as humans!? That’s not what the Ministry of Health are telling the Law Commission on abortions 😡
#stateconfusion #parentsmatter

“Immediately after the x-ray, (the mum) asked the head ED nurse whether what happened was standard practice. The nurse confirmed it was, and explained it was because of the harm x-rays posed to unborn children. DHB policy dictated that all women aged 10 to 55 were asked.”

The mother of an 11-year-old girl questioned about her pregnancy status when having an x-ray of her arm says hospitals need better processes when dealing with children.

Waikato mother Brooke Hughes spoke to Newsroom after her daughter Maea was asked about being pregnant when she presented at Waikato Hospital with a sore arm on July 21.

“She’d fallen off her bike and landed on her arm and it was really sore,” Hughes said.

“We went up to [Waikato Hospital] ED to find out what was wrong.”

The pair were then directed to have an x-ray after being seen by a doctor.

“They started off with: ‘Now, please don’t be offended by what I’m about to ask’, [then continued], ‘Is there a possibility that you might be pregnant?’

Hughes, who was in the room, was shocked.

“I wasn’t standing right next to her because they’d already sat her down where she was going to get her x-ray done on her arm, so they directed the question directly at her.

“I instantly replied no.”

Maea didn’t really know what to say, Hughes said.

“She was shocked. She looked at me like: Why are they asking me this question?’

“She said she felt really yucky about it and uncomfortable,” Hughes said.

Immediately after the x-ray, Hughes asked the head ED nurse whether what happened was standard practice. The nurse confirmed it was, and explained it was because of the harm x-rays posed to unborn children. DHB policy dictated that all women aged 10 to 55 were asked.
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