When my mum was three to four months pregnant with me she went for a routine scan but they couldn’t find a heart beat and announced me dead. They arranged a date and time for an abortion but when the day came her car completely broke down and so she missed the appointment and had to reschedule. My uncle is a gynaecologist and was interested, so asked my mum to listen for a heartbeat. He could hear something so at the rescheduled appointment my mum told the medical professionals and they double checked – and found a heartbeat. I hate to think what would have happened if no one checked again a week later.