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Still no autopsy result after 6 months
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:38 PM
Why does it take so long for an autopsy result?
I have just rung again to find out if the results are back for my stillborn son since the 9th of February and was told that they should be about 4 to 6 more weeks.
The not knowing is driving me insane.
I want to try again before it's too late for me at 41 but an scared until I know the results.
Posted 28 August 2009 - 01:50 PM
This seems unusual to me, Roni03. At any rate, certainly very unfair There was a member, I don't know if she's around anymore, who started a thread (****warning - p/m's discussed in the thread**** read it here). If you don't find any answers in that thread, perhaps you could even PM the EB member? She may be able to give you some solace/answers??
I do hope you are given answers soon. It just seems very wrong to keep grieving parents waiting for so long. I'm very sorry.
Posted 28 August 2009 - 01:56 PM
It does seem like a long time. I had preliminary results after 6 weeks, and the full results just before Xmas, so about 16 weeks after DS passed.
Hope you find out soon what is going on.
Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:08 PM
We are still waiting here for autopsy results and my OB discovered at the 6 week check when he queried it that it would probably take at least 3 months to come back.
I know of someone who's daughter was stillborn and they waited 5 months, I guess it could come down to where you live and how busy they are
Posted 29 August 2009 - 05:39 PM
OMG that is way too long!! I had a stillborn at 21 weeks and we got our results within a couple of weeks and that is factoring in Christmas and New Year holidays. I was already kicking up a fuss at my turnaround time. I say keep complaining because it is not fair to keep you waiting that long. It was your precious little one and you need to know. Get in touch with the hospitals consumer advocates!!
Posted 29 August 2009 - 05:42 PM
Hope your results come in very soon. The waiting is horrid.
Posted 30 August 2009 - 12:24 PM
We had Tyler's results, including his full DNA results about six weeks after he was born. I would be speaking to the doctor who ordered the autopsy. At any rate, I am surprised it has taken so long.
I share your fears with age and limited time ect. I am in that zone myself. I feel my time is running short now, and my last two pregnancies have resulted in tears and heartbreak. Its a fine line we walk, isn't it? To wait until optimal, or rush on because of time restraints?
I wish you luck, and hope for a favourable outcome soon.
Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:46 PM
It took close to 10 months for my sons autopsy results to come back. I hope you hear something soon.
Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:04 PM
Our results came back about 9 months later. It was hard, as I had started to heal and it opened up the wound again I guess.
Im sorry its taking so long for you, I guess it depends on what kind of tests needed to be done.
Our DD died from SIDS, I dont know if that means dif tests to a still birth?
I hoe you hear soon and that you are able to start TTC again soon
Edited by mickeymouse, 02 September 2009 - 11:04 PM.
Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:06 AM
My son's autopsy took approx 1 year to come back. It was hell. No one would give us any explanations as to why it was taking so long and whenever we rang, we were totally put on the back burner.
We have recently found out why but I won't go in to it on here.
Keep calling. Keep hassling.
I'm very sorry for your loss.
Posted 27 September 2009 - 09:30 PM
It took about 6 to 8 months for my daughters autopsy results to come back after many months of hassling and talking to my doctor who had received the results within about 3 months... I ended up getting a copy from my doctor (unknown cause of death) which meant I still had no answers as to why she was still-born and as someone else posted it just opened up the wounds that had started to heal, I half wished I hadn't worried about ordering an autopsy. Hang in there... the results will come in.
Posted 28 September 2009 - 07:00 PM
My dd was a SIDS death and we are STILL waiting for the autopsy results more than 12 months later!!
Posted 17 December 2009 - 09:33 PM
I don't know what help I can offer but here goes...
I can't even begin to imagine what you incredibly corageous women have gone through losing children, but after working in the position of paediatric autopsies for a number of years, I understand what it is like from the other side of this situation.
It really does depend on where the autopsy was performed. Small hospitals with a small number of autopsies can report results quite quickly. Larger hospitals with a large number of autopsies can take many months. Coroners autopsies can take many months more.
Please understand that a lot of work goes into an autopsy and reporting it thoroughly (and so it should). There was nothing worse for me than having to report 'No identifiable cause of death', so I can't imagine what it must be like for a parent to hear this about their child.
Try to think of it like this... while we have not yet reported your autopsy, we are hard working on the many cases that have come before you. I worked in a large hospital that received cases from across the state, so waiting times seemed incredibly long.
I hope I have not sounded too cold or clinical, unfortunately that is how I have become with this issue (possibly a coping mechanism for the years of sadness I have seen), but that I may have shed a small amount of light on a very sensitive issue.
Like MagentaBaby said in an earlier post (and I am rudely assuming she is talking about me!) I am around, if you want to discuss anything. I do not profess to have all the answers, nor am I a doctor, but I have seen enough to be able to help, even if only for a little bit!
Thanks for reading an incredibly long post!
Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:39 PM
I am in QLD and I remember talking to some ladies in my SANDS group and it was not uncomman to wait for nearly a year in Qld for results from autopsies. Apparentlyl they are just not a priority in Qld hospitals, which is why there is such a low rate for autopsies on stillborn babies.
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