I was 23 weeks pregnant when I ended the life of a handicapped baby — I felt terrible as the needle entered my abdomen and her heart.

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I was 23 weeks pregnant when I ended the life of a handicapped baby — I felt terrible as the needle entered my abdomen and her heart.

MUM Lucy Livesey was so excited to become a mother that she even scheduled an early sex scan at 14 weeks.

So she had no idea what was about to happen, which is every parent’s greatest dread.

Lucy, from Manchester, learned that her daughter might not live after birth and had to make a decision with her husband Richard.

Now she tells Fabulous about her heartbreaking story:

I’D ALWAYS wanted to be a mother, and becoming pregnant with my sweet Ellie was the finest thing that could have happened to me.

My husband, now 34-year-old physiotherapist Richard, and I were so ecstatic that we scheduled a private sex scan at 14 weeks.

We hosted a gender reveal party with balloons, and we yelled with joy when we found out she was a girl.

We were overjoyed. We opted to have a homebirth after attending hypnobirthing sessions.

What happened next was the most horrible thing I’ve ever witnessed.

She wasn’t in the right position for midwives to see anything at our 20-week scan at Rochdale Hospital, which wasn’t a concern at the time. However, after my twin brother, Ashely, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 15 from an undiagnosed heart defect and I was subsequently diagnosed with heart issues, I had additional scans just days later.

We rushed into St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, fresh from our hypnobirthing session, eager to view new photos of our baby daughter and hear her heartbeat.

However, rather than receiving positive news, we learned that her heart had stopped developing and that she now only had two chambers rather than four.

We had two options, according to the consultant: terminate the pregnancy now or wait until she was delivered, knowing she would die soon after.

We were informed she didn’t stand a chance.

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I chose to terminate my pregnancy after learning that she would not live – I was filled with remorse for taking the life of the one thing I desired beyond all else.

We went to a tranquil woodland, just the two of us, to talk about our possibilities.

It wasn’t an easy decision, and I would never blame any parent who made a different one, but our doctor informed us she would be in less pain at 23 weeks than she was at birth.

We were informed she didn’t stand a chance.

So I chose to terminate my pregnancy in order for her to suffer less, not more, and it was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make.

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