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Complainant Name:
Cheryl Harrison

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News of the World


Cheryl Harrison complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a comment piece criticising her decision to publicise her extremely distressing experiences with the condition hyperemesis gravidarum was misleading, insensitive and unfair.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate the publication of the following letter from the complainant, which was also appended to the article online:

Carole Malone's 27 June article, ‘Baby plan was so ill-conceived', which criticised my decision to have another baby after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum during my first pregnancy, was unfair.

I consulted with specialists and was assured that it was unlikely it would happen again. But unfortunately the second time it was much worse, and there were concerns about the baby's development. The decision to terminate the pregnancy was horrendous.

I don't blame the NHS for my problems. I told my story so other women in the same position will know that they are not alone.

Date Published: 19/08/2010

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