By Constantinos Psillides
A 38-YEAR OLD woman who miscarried a seven-month-old foetus while she was on the toilet won’t be brought up on charges of negligence, according to the police.
The woman suffered the miscarriage on Friday December 27 and was immediately rushed to the hospital. The embryo was found lodged in a pipe a day later. According to the police report, the woman from a village in the Limassol district, went to the toilet after she noticed a bleeding but called for help when she realised what had actually happened.
State pathologist Eleni Antoniou told the press the foetus had been dead for weeks and the only thing that remained unknown was the cause of death.
The 38-year old had been suffering from a severe mental illness and was prescribed a number of antipsychotic drugs. Antoniou told the Cyprus Mail that the drugs might have contributed to the miscarriage, although she considers it a remote possibility.
“We are waiting for the toxicology report. The drugs are not likely to blame but we have to check every possibility,” Antoniou said, adding that although the woman had a severe mental disorder she still had the right to have a child.
“Nobody could force her to terminate her pregnancy. She had the right to bear a child and according to her medication her condition was stable. And she didn’t try to hide it. The moment she had the miscarriage she notified authorities”, the state pathologist remarked.
Asked on how it ended up in the pipe, Antoniou explained that the foetus was very underdeveloped because it had died in the woman’s womb weeks before. “We also found a lot of post-mortem dislocations. It wasn’t difficult for the woman to have the miscarriage on the toilet”, said Antoniou.
Asked on why her gynecologist didn’t know the foetus was dead, Antoniou clarified that the woman didn’t keep up with her doctor’s appointments.