'I just want to get out of here alive': Seattle woman who had a miscarriage on Malta babymoon is fearing for her life after doctors REFUSED to terminate pregnancy because there is a 'viable' heartbeat - even though she could DIE from 'ruptured membrane'

  • Andrea Prudente, 38, from Seattle, who was 16 weeks pregnant, was visiting the European island with her husband, Jay, 45, when she developed heavy bleeding
  • An ultrasound showed 'ruptured membranes and a detached placenta.' The fetus still had a heartbeat, but doctors said there was little chance it would survive
  • However, medical professionals at Mater Dei Hospital are now refusing to terminate the pregnancy - despite her being at risk for a possible infection
  • Bacteria can easily enter Andrea's body through the ruptured membrane and could get into her uterus - or even her bloodstream, potentially leading to death 
  • On top of that, she also has an umbilical cord protruding from her cervix, which puts her at an 'extreme risk' of hemorrhaging
  • Andrea asked doctors to end the pregnancy, but her request was denied as abortion is illegal in Malta, with her begging: 'I just want to get out of here alive'

An American woman who began suffering from a miscarriage while on vacation in Malta is now fearing for her life because doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy over a 'viable' heartbeat - despite the fetus having little chance of survival and a 'ruptured membrane,' which could ultimately kill the expecting mother.

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

The expecting mother, who was 16-weeks pregnant at the time, thought she had suffered from a miscarriage, and an ultrasound showed 'ruptured membranes and a detached placenta' - however, the fetus still had a heartbeat.

According to a Facebook post made by Doctors for Choice Malta - a nonprofit organization run by pro-choice doctors - medical professionals at Mater Dei Hospital, where she was admitted, are now refusing to terminate the pregnancy - despite her being at risk for a possible infection which could enter her bloodstream and kill her, and despite the fetus having close to a 'zero per cent chance' of survival.

An American woman (pictured) who began suffering from a miscarriage while on vacation in Malta is now fearing for her life because doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy

An American woman (pictured) who began suffering from a miscarriage while on vacation in Malta is now fearing for her life because doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy

EAndrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, from Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island when she was told she had a 'ruptured membrane and detached placent'

Expecting mom Andrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, from Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island when she suddenly developed heavy bleeding

Despite her being at risk for a possible infection which could enter her bloodstream and kill her, and despite the fetus having close to a 'zero per cent chance' of survival

She was told she had a 'ruptured membrane' - but the fetus still had a heartbeat. Now, doctors are refusing to end the pregnancy despite her being at risk for infection and hemorrhaging

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

On top of that, she also has an umbilical cord protruding from her cervix, which puts her at an 'extreme risk' of hemorrhaging.

Andrea reportedly asked doctors to terminate the pregnancy, but her request was denied as abortion is currently illegal in Malta - which is located in the Mediterranean sea near Italy. 

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

Doctors who help carry out the abortions could also face jailtime and a permanent revocation of their license, with the company adding, 'There are no exceptions in the law to allow an abortion even when the woman's health is at risk, in cases of severe fetal malformation, or in cases of rape or incest.'

'She was told doctors can only intervene if she is imminently dying – not even getting an infection is enough,' the organization continued in its Facebook post. 'She was also told doctors cannot even discuss the option of abortion with her.'

Gynecologist Isabel Stabile, who works for Doctors for Choice, told Times of Malta that there is 'practically no amniotic fluid' left in her womb, which makes 'the chances of survival for the fetus very low.'

Andrea reportedly asked doctors to terminate the pregnancy, but her request was denied as abortion is currently illegal in Malta. Activists are seen protesting Malta's abortion law

Andrea reportedly asked doctors to terminate the pregnancy, but her request was denied as abortion is currently illegal in Malta. Activists are seen protesting Malta's abortion law

Desperate for a solution, Andrea and Jay are trying to have her medically evacuated to the U.K. where she can get an abortion. Activists are seen protesting Malta's abortion law

Desperate for a solution, Andrea and Jay are trying to have her medically evacuated to the U.K. where she can get an abortion. Activists are seen protesting Malta's abortion law

She explained that Andrea is now just 'waiting for the fetus to die' on its own, with the organization adding on Facebook that her family is 'rightly distraught' as she is forced to sit and 'wait' while her life 'is at risk.' 

Desperate for a solution, they are trying to have her medically evacuated to the U.K. where she can get an abortion. She is currently waiting for the insurance clearance for the transfer, but her family is worried it won't come in time.

Andrea told the Guardian that Mater Dei Hospital has been '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 told the outlet from her hospital room in Malta’s capital, Valletta. 'I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have thought up a nightmare like this.'

Her husband, Jay, called the hospital's actions an 'inconceivable form of emotional and psychological torture,' while Andrea added that she feels like she is being 'traumatized.'

He also told MSN, 'The baby can't live, there's nothing that can be done to change that. 

'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 spot when we're losing a daughter that we wanted, but the hospital is also prolonging Andrea's exposure to risk.'

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

'I don’t want this to happen to more people,' she added to the Guardian. 

Jay, called the hospital's actions an 'inconceivable form of emotional and psychological torture.' Activists are seen protesting Malta's abortion law

Jay, called the hospital's actions an 'inconceivable form of emotional and psychological torture.' Activists are seen protesting Malta's abortion law

Many people were horrified over the situation and posted about it on Facebook, with one user calling it 'revolting' and 'truly outrageous'

Many people were horrified over the situation and posted about it on Facebook, with one user calling it 'revolting' and 'truly outrageous'

'We hope common sense prevails and this woman is allowed to have a termination before it is too late,' Doctors for Choice Malta added on Facebook. 'This is not right. Women have beating hearts too.'

Many people were horrified over the situation and took to the comment section of the Facebook post to share their thoughts, with one calling it 'revolting' and 'truly outrageous.'

'If this woman dies, murder charges should be initiated against those who could have done something but instead stood by and watched,' they wrote.

'This is barbaric and needs to be made public,' another person said, while a third added, 'This is shocking, horrifying and shameful!

'How can anyone in the medical profession allow this to happen and sleep at night? I agree that this should find its way to 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,' agreed someone else. 

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

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