EDITORIAL COMMENT": The editorial committee found this case report irresistible as an example of triumph over misfortune and disability. Iatrogenic, accidental, prolonged and complete amnioreduction is unique in the editor's clinical experience and knowledge of the literature. Importantly the case also illustrates that conservative management of ‘premature rupture of the membranes'can be successful. The favourable outcome may have been related to the abdominal rather than the usual cervical route of amnioreduction, and the restoration of normal liquor volume after the amnioreduction was discontinued. Moreover, in spontaneous rupture of the membranes the cause of the problem is likely to be persistent.

Summary: A successful outcome for an infant following complete iatrogenic amnioreduction at 20 weeks gestation is possible without any invasive medical treatment.