Issaquah woman denied potentially life-saving abortion in Malta – KIRO 7 News Seattle

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation on the island of Malta turned into a fight for an Issaquah woman’s life. Expectant mother Andrea Prudente was denied life-saving procedures due to the country’s strict abortion laws. Thursday, the 38-year-old was airlifted to Spain to receive that critical care.

Having made it through the first trimester, Andrea set out for a “babymoon” in Malta with her husband, Jay Weeldryer. According to Andrea’s aunt, Sue Prudente Galbraith, it was not long into the trip that her niece began bleeding heavily. She went to a doctor on June 12, but was sent home and told to wait. Two days later, Andrea’s water broke, and she was admitted to a hospital.

Forty-eight hours later, an ultrasound revealed heartbreaking information to the couple: Andrea’s placenta had detached, and no amniotic fluid was left in her womb. Doctors said the baby girl they had been hoping for would not survive.

Issaquah woman denied potentially life-saving abortion in Malta – KIRO 7 News Seattle

But no operation possible, due to strict anti abortion laws, thus risking the life of the mother as well.