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American woman who suffered a miscarriage while on vacation in Malta is left fearing for her life

An American woman who miscarried while on holiday in Malta now fears for her life as doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy due to a ‘viable’ heartbeat – despite the fetus’s low chance of survival and a ‘ruptured membrane’. which could eventually kill the mother-to-be.

Andrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, of Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island when she suddenly started bleeding heavily and went to the hospital.

The mother-to-be, who was 16 weeks pregnant at the time, believed she had miscarried, and an ultrasound showed “ruptured membranes and a detached placenta” – however, the fetus still had a heartbeat.

According to an Facebook post created by Doctors for Choice Malta – a non-profit organization run by pro-choice doctors – medical professionals at Mater Dei Hospital, where she was admitted, are now refusing to terminate the pregnancy – despite being at risk of a possible infection that could affect her could enter the bloodstream and kill her, and despite the fetus having a near “zero percent chance” of survival.

An American woman (pictured) who miscarried while on holiday in Malta now fears for her life after doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy

An American woman (pictured) who miscarried while on holiday in Malta now fears for her life after doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy

EAndrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, of Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island when she was told she had a

Expecting mother Andrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, of Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island when she suddenly started bleeding heavily

Despite being at risk of a potential infection that could enter her bloodstream and kill her, and despite the fetus having a near 'zero percent chance' of survival

She was told she had a “rupture of membranes,” but the fetus still had a heartbeat. Now doctors are refusing to terminate pregnancy, despite her risk of infection and bleeding

The organization explained that an infection can easily enter Andrea’s body through the ruptured membrane and get into her uterus — or even into her bloodstream, potentially leading to death.

In addition, she has an umbilical cord sticking out of her cervix, putting her at “extreme risk” of bleeding.

Andrea is said to have asked doctors to terminate the pregnancy, but her request was rejected because abortion is currently illegal in Malta – which is in the Mediterranean Sea near Italy.

Doctors for Choice Malta reported on its website that women who have abortions on the island could face up to three years in prison.

Physicians who assist in performing the abortions can also face jail time and have their license revoked permanently. disfigurement, or in the case of rape or incest.”

“She was told that doctors can only intervene if she is about to die – even getting an infection is not enough,” the organization continues in its Facebook post. “She was also told that doctors can’t even discuss the option of abortion with her.”

Gynecologist Isabel Stabile, who works for Doctors for Choice, said: Malta Times that there is ‘virtually no amniotic fluid’ left in her uterus, which means that ‘the chances of survival of the fetus are very low’.

Andrea is said to have asked doctors to terminate the pregnancy, but her request was rejected as abortion is currently illegal in Malta.  Activists protest Malta's abortion law

Andrea is said to have asked doctors to terminate the pregnancy, but her request was rejected as abortion is currently illegal in Malta. Activists protest Malta’s abortion law

Desperate for a solution, Andrea and Jay try to have her medically evacuated to the UK, where she can have an abortion.  Activists protest Malta's abortion law

Desperate for a solution, Andrea and Jay try to have her medically evacuated to the UK, where she can have an abortion. Activists protest Malta’s abortion law

She explained that Andrea is now only “waiting for the fetus to die,” while the organization added on Facebook that her family is “justifiably distraught” as she is being forced to sit and “wait” while her life is “in danger.”

Desperate for a solution, they try to have her medically evacuated to the UK where she can have an abortion. She is currently awaiting insurance approval for the transfer, but her family fears it won’t come in time.

Andrea told the Guardian that Mater Dei Hospital “was uncooperative in their attempts to leave and in sharing medical records with her insurance company.”

“I just want to get out of here alive,” she said from her hospital room in Malta’s capital Valletta. “I could not have imagined such a nightmare in my wildest dreams.”

Her husband, Jay, called the hospital’s actions an “unimaginable form of emotional and psychological torture,” while Andrea added that she feels she is being “traumatized.”

He also told MSN‘The baby can’t live, nothing can be changed.

“We wanted her, we still want her, we love her, we wish she could survive, but she won’t.

“And not only are we in a situation where we’re losing a daughter we wanted, but the hospital is also extending Andrea’s exposure to risk.”

They are now sharing her story with the world in hopes of raising awareness and “avoiding a tragedy.”

“I don’t want this to happen to any more people,” she added to The Guardian.

Jay called the hospital's actions an

Jay called the hospital’s actions an “unimaginable form of emotional and psychological torture.” Activists protest Malta’s abortion law

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Many people were shocked by the situation and posted about it on Facebook, with one user calling it

Many people were shocked by the situation and posted about it on Facebook, with one user calling it “disgusting” and “really outrageous.”

“We hope common sense prevails and this woman is allowed to face termination before it’s too late,” Doctors for Choice Malta added on Facebook. ‘This is not right. Women also have beating hearts.’

Many people were shocked by the situation and took to the comment section of the Facebook post to share their thoughts, with one calling it “repulsive” and “truly outrageous.”

“If this woman dies, charges must be brought against those who could have done something but watched instead,” they wrote.

‘This is barbaric and must be made public,’ said another, while a third added: ‘This is shocking, appalling and shameful!

“How can anyone in the medical field allow this to happen and sleep at night? I agree that this should make its way into the foreign press and put Malta to shame and be forced to change its ridiculous laws.”

Other comments read: “This is absolutely terrifying” and “Utterly disgusting and horrifying.”

‘I couldn’t believe what I was reading! This is barbaric,’ someone else agreed.

How can this bloody nation let this happen? Get the attention of the foreign press and the EU – they should put pressure on this island to decriminalize abortion once and for all.’

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