Woman has abortion to have weight-loss surgery

Woman has abortion to have weight-loss surgery
Published: 2013 June 19 08:07:27 (14459 Views)
Morbidly obese Sophie Smith was three months away from an appointment for weight-loss surgery when she discovered she was expecting.

But instead of cancelling her long-awaited gastric op, she took the heart-rending decision to TERMINATE the pregnancy instead.

Sophie, 20, who insists she made the right choice, had the surgery in March, because she feared her 25st size would kill her.

A full-time mum to son Nathan, 18 months, she is already 7st lighter.

Sophie says: "As I had the termination, tears poured down my cheeks. I was killing my child to be slimmer but I felt I had no choice.

"If I carried on the way I was, I might not be around to see Nathan grow up."

The pregnancy had not been planned and the father was no longer a part of her life, which also influenced Sophie's decision.

She adds: "I realised I could have a termination now so I could have the surgery, sort myself out and go on to have a baby when I'm in a long-term relationship.

"Since the op, I've had a lot of positive feedback. No one has ever said anything unkind to me about my decision."

Ever since childhood, Sophie, from New Barnet, Herts, has battled with her weight.



By the age of 11 she was a size 20. At college, she quit a childcare course blaming her size.

Soon after, aged 17, she miscarried at ten weeks. Six months later she was pregnant again.

She says: "My boyfriend didn't want a child and we split up. But it was mine, I was having it."

Being pregnant with Nathan left her 6st heavier.

In December discovered she was ten weeks pregnant — despite having a contraceptive implant.

She says: "The surgeon told me the operation would be cancelled. I would have to start the process all over again after my baby was born.

"It could be years before I'd have another chance of surgery.

"Eventually I made my decision. I could have a baby later. So the gastric surgery went ahead.

"I had the abortion in December and sobbed throughout it but I know I did the right thing.

"I already have one child and I'm going to be around to see him grow up and to me that's worth any sacrifice."



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