A 99-year-old great-gran’s ‘preg­nancy scare’

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

In a “rare ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror”, a 99-year-old woman has been told by a Bri­tish hos­pi­tal that she is preg­nant.

The great-grand­mother, Doris Ayling, who will turn 100 in Novem­ber, was sent a let­ter from the Fare­ham Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, in which she was told to re­port to their ma­ter­nity an­te­na­tal unit.

Even her date of birth was cor­rectly re­flected on the let­ter from the hos­pi­tal.

In an in­ter­view with the Bog­nor Regis Ob­server news­pa­per, Ayling, who is a mother of three, grand­mother of seven and great-grand­mother of 13, said: “I was a bit amused. I’ve never been to the Portsmouth hos­pi­tals and I don’t know where the Fare­ham hos­pi­tal is. It’s a com­plete mys­tery to me how I got this let­ter.

“I had three chil­dren: one when I was 20, one when I was 23 and one when I was 29. That was enough. I’m go­ing to keep the let­ter be­cause it’s quite a talk­ing point.”

Bri­tain’s In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per quoted a hos­pi­tal spokesper­son as say­ing: “We have writ­ten to the lady that was in­cor­rectly sent the ap­point­ment let­ter. It was a rare ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror and we have apol­o­gised for any un­nec­es­sary anx­i­ety this er­ror may have caused.”

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