Drug blunder baby death

Sarah Sharma from Cambridgeshire was forced to have a stillbirth after being prescribed acne drugs which are not suitable for pregnant women.

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Emotional appeal from mother who lost baby after drug mistake

There's been an emotional appeal from a mother who lost her baby after taking a prescribed acne drug which was unsuitable for pregnant women.

Sarah Sharma, from Cambridgeshire, was given the devastating news at her 20-week scan. Her unborn baby was suffering abnormalities caused by the drug and wouldn't survive.

She'd been given the acne medication by doctors at Peterborough City Hospital, who had failed to carry out all the checks to see if she was pregnant.

Now Sarah is calling for new measures to be put in place, to ensure other expectant mothers don't suffer the same fate.

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Drug mistake means woman loses her baby

A Cambridgeshire woman who lost her baby after being prescribed an acne drug which isn't suitable for pregnant women, says she hopes no other parent has to suffer the way she has.

Sarah Sharma from Sawtry near Peterborough was told in her 20-week-scan that her daughter Indiya had serious abnormalities and wouldn't survive after birth.

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Hospital apologises after woman loses baby

Peterborough Hospital has apologised to a mother who lost her baby after being prescribed drugs not suitable for pregnant women.

Sarah Sharma, 27, from Sawtry near Huntingdon became ill after taking an acne drug and lost her baby Indiya in 2012.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust later admitted that had staff followed basic procedures when prescribing the drug they would have known in advance that she was in the early stages of pregnancy and that Indiya's death could have been prevented.

John Randall, medical director at the trust, said he is sorry for the trauma the family experienced.

Sarah and her husband Varun have received an undisclosed settlement from the trust and plan to donate funds to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire where her care was referred following the errors at Peterborough City Hospital.

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Mother warns others of medication dangers in pregnancy

A Cambridgeshire mother who lost a baby because she was taking medication which wasn't suitable for pregnant women is warning others to be careful.

Sarah Sharma, 27, from Sawtry was told at her 20-week scan that the baby had such serious heart and nervous system abnormalities that she would not survive after birth.

The diagnosis came after she fell unwell within weeks of taking acne medication.

Unbeknown to her she was pregnant when the medication was prescribed and proper tests were not carried out to ensure it was safe for her to take it.

For anyone who would like further advice, the NHS gives more detailed information of the acne drug Isotretinoin here and you can visit the NHS pregnancy advice page here.

For anybody, like the Sharma family, who has suffered the bereavement of losing an unborn child, the charity Sands offers support.

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