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