Girl ‘aborted’ to save her mother’s life celebrates 10th birthday


Natasha Smith’s birth was induced 14 weeks early when her mother developed a life-threatening condition.

Doctors told Norelle Smith the abortion at 26 weeks was necessary or the pregnancy could kill her.

But her daughter was delivered alive – to the astonishment of the medical team at the former Queen Mother’s Hospital in Glasgow.

A decade on, Smith and fiancé Sandy Cameron spoke about a milestone birthday they could not believe they would be celebrating.

During the pregnancy Smith was diagnosed with toxic pre-eclampsia. Even if Natasha survived the induced birth, her parents were warned she would be severely brain damaged.

Instead, she is thriving in the top reading group in her class at school and enjoyed her tenth birthday with a meal in town with her friends.

Cameron, 38, said his daughter ‘carries with her the fighting spirit’ that kept her alive. ‘We are very proud of her,’ he added.


- Metro