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Sheila Bhatti’s GP put the damp patches down to embarrassing accidents. At four months pregnant, she accepted it was just something she’d have to put up with as part of her condition.

It was only when she went for her 20-week scan four weeks later that the horrifying truth emerged – her waters had broken just 16 weeks into her pregnancy.
“At first it was just tiny amounts, but a few days later I woke up in the night to find my pyjama bottoms were wet through,” recalls Sheila.

Her GP assured her she had probably just wet herself or was suffering from increased vaginal discharge, which is normal in pregnancy.

The 24-year-old mum-to-be left the surgery without an examination which would have revealed her waters had broken and were slowly leaking – putting her baby ’s life at terrible risk.

It was only when she went for her scan at Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, Middlesex, that she realised something was seriously wrong. “The midwife looked concerned,” says Sheila, who works as a customer agent at Cineworld. “There was a heartbeat, but she couldn’t see the baby. Then she told me that my waters had ruptured, and at first I was relieved because it meant I hadn’t lost my baby.” Continue  reading… 

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