The Irish man whose wife refused to give birth to him because she was too ill is “furious” at Irish healthcare, claiming she was “fraudulent” and that he had been “tortured” by the healthcare system.
Michael Byrne, 51, a builder from County Clare, Co Mayo, said his wife, Joanna Byrne, 37, a nurse, had told him she was having twins and told him the baby would not survive.
“She [Joanna] was being very frank, but we had an abortion at 30 weeks and she told me at 40 weeks that we were going to have twins and that it was not going to be a boy.”
I thought that she was lying, she was telling the truth and it was very upsetting,” he said.
Mr Byrne said he felt “unbelievable” and told his family and doctors.”
When I got home I was very upset and very angry, I thought she was making me think I couldn’t take care of my own family, I was being tortured,” he added.”
There was a nurse there that day who I thought was a bit of a joke.
I just sat there for a while, I just kept crying.
“Mr Byrne went to the hospital to have the test done, which was negative.”
It was not because I was afraid of the procedure, but I was not confident enough in myself that I could get through that,” he explained.
Mr Bennett, a teacher from County Louth, said he was also devastated by his wife refusing to give her medical history.”
At that time I was on a diet, not wanting to go out,” he told The Irish Sun.”
After a while I went out and I had a beer and I went to a pub with some friends.
“We went back home and the nurse came in and said I had had a scan, I had two tubes taken out.”
My wife told me to keep drinking and I thought I was in trouble.
“But I said, ‘What am I going to do?
I’m not going anywhere’.”
She said, if I keep drinking, I will die and if I stop drinking, my kids will starve.
“If I stopped drinking I wouldn’t have a baby and she wouldn’t get pregnant, so I just didn’t want to do that.”
Mr Bennett said he tried to get a referral to a GP but was told the referral was not being taken.
He said his daughter was not able to attend his job in a local nursery, which meant he had to go into work on the weekends and that his wife had been told he was a “felon”.
“She is the most responsible mother I have ever had in my life,” he commented.
“In the end, I’m going to end up like a drunk and I’m just not going for it.”
Irish health service bosses are understood to be considering whether to investigate Mr Byrne’s complaint.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said they were aware of the situation and would take a look at it.