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Woman who miscarried while traveling in Malta can’t get an abortion


ROME — A pregnant American woman who suffered an incomplete miscarriage while vacationing in Malta will be flown to Spain on Thursday for an infection prevention procedure as Maltese law prohibits abortion under any circumstances, the woman’s partner has said .

Jay Weeldreyer told The Associated Press by phone from a hospital in the island nation that his partner, Andrea Prudente, was at risk of life-threatening infection if fetal tissue was not quickly removed.

Prudente, 38, suffered heavy bleeding on June 12, followed by premature rupture of the amniotic sac and separation of the placenta, according to Weeldreyer, 45. While the hospital is monitoring her carefully for any signs of infection, the facility cannot perform the surgery to complete the miscarriage, he said.

Malta is the only European Union member country that prohibits abortion for any reason. Contacted by the AP, Mater Dei Hospital, where Prudente is being treated, said it was not allowed to release patient information due to confidentiality rules.

“The miscarriage is 80% complete,” Weeldreyer said. “Her waters broke, the placenta separated, but due to a (fetal) heartbeat, the fetus cannot be removed, he said. In separate comments to other news outlets, the couple described the placenta as partially detached.

Mater Dei Hospital, a public institution in Malta, declined to comment on the woman’s condition, citing confidentiality restrictions.

The couple from Issaquah, Washington, a town near Seattle, arrived in Malta on June 5 for their long-awaited vacation. Prudente began bleeding and was hospitalized a week later, her partner said. He said she was 16 weeks pregnant when the bleeding started.

As well as worrying about the risk of infection, the two fear that Prudente could resume the bleeding during the medical evacuation flight they organized on Thursday evening to take them to Spain, where she will be admitted to hospital. .

Mater Dei Hospital “has done a good job of what it is allowed to do” under Maltese law, Weeldreyer said. The woman is being given antibiotics and being closely monitored for any signs of infection, he said.

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