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13/12/01
'Distraught' Count and Countess Lose Baby
- Sophie 'comfortable' after ectopic pregnancy operation

SOPHIE, Countess of Wessex and her husband Edward, Earl of Wessex, are said by friends to be "distraught" at the loss of their baby following an ectopic pregnancy.

The Countess is now recovering from yesterday's operation in the King Edward VII Hospital, London and is now "comfortable" according to doctors. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg is fertilised in the fallopian tube rather than the womb and can be life-threatening for the mother if left untreated.

Friends described the Count, third son of the Queen, and Countess as "terribly, terribly upset and shaken."

It is believed no other members of the Royal family knew about Sophie's pregnancy, which had run to about six weeks when she began to suffer from severe stomach pain, symptoms common with ectopic pregnancies.

The Countess is expected to spend the next month convalescing. On the brighter side, experts say around 65 per cent of women are able to conceive within a year and a half of suffering an ectopic miscarriage.



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