Mum left shell-shocked after getting a sympathy card from the clinic where she had an abortion – including ultrasound pictures of her aborted foetus
A mum was left shell-shocked after she received a sympathy card from the clinic where she had an abortion – along with ultrasound images of her aborted foetus.
Nicky Windsor, 29, from Hull, East Yorks, had an abortion in June and claims she was not offered the choice of a single burial but she was left stunned when, in response to her complaints, the clinic sent her ultrasound pictures of her aborted foetus.
Nicky, who has chosen not to disclose the reasons behind her abortion, claims she’s had nightmares since receiving the card last Thursday.
The card, sent by staff at Conifer House clinic in Hull, reads: ‘Nicki, hope this gives you some comfort.’
She said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s absolutely disgraceful.
“I’ve never known anything like it. What were they trying to do to me? Why on earth would I want scan pictures?
“Going through a procedure like that is traumatic enough so to have it all brought back to me in the way that they did was absolutely shocking.
“When I first got the card I thought it was a nice gesture but when I opened it up and saw two baby scans it absolutely shattered me. It was just an awful feeling.
“It felt as if I had to go through the loss all over again.”
Nicky started making complaints after claiming she wasn’t offered the choice of a single rather than a mass burial or cremation after the termination on Sunday June 28.
She said: “After I had my procedure I should have been given the option for a single burial or cremation.
“I didn’t have that so I felt like I never got the chance to grieve properly and you can’t get that back.
“It felt like my chance had gone so I made a complaint and made a few calls. I think that’s why they sent me the letter – as a way of saying sorry but it’s just shocking.”
When Nicky complained to the staff at Conifer House she said they admitted the mistake and the card was sent in response to express their sympathy.
Nicky said: “Since then I’ve kept thinking of myself holding the baby but when I look down time I can’t see a face – it’s just nothing.
“How is it right that they can do that to me? Someone could have got seriously depressed after something like this, it’s sick.”
Conifer House provides a range of sexual and reproductive healthcare services and is administered by City Health Care Partnership CIC.
A spokesman said: “We cannot disclose any details about the care of individual patients as this would be a breach of their confidentiality.
“But we would urge anyone who has used our services and is unhappy about any aspect of their care to get in touch with our Customer Care team so this can be formally investigated.”