Hatfield family wait 12 weeks for baby’s postmortem result

A GRIEVING woman whose baby son was stillborn is still waiting for his postmortem results 12 weeks on.

Amanda Pedley excitedly attended the QE2 Hospital after her waters broke in July expecting to give birth to her healthy baby boy.

But the 29-year-old Hatfield woman and husband Nick were shocked to be told his heartbeat could not be found and their baby had died.

After giving birth to Michael Robert, weighing 3lb 11oz, she was advised to have a postmortem examination to find out the cause of death.

Mrs Pedley, a nursery nurse of Longmead, said: “We had a blessing done, then we had to say goodbye. It was horrible.

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“He had a heartbeat one day and was gone the next.

“I went in with a bag of clothes expecting to come home with my baby, but I’ve got a little box of ashes instead.”

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She added: “We need answers. What if I got pregnant and had to go through this all again. We’re just in limbo.”

Her concerns were echoed by Hertfordshire-based parents forum Netmums. Founder Siobhan Freegard said 12 weeks of waiting is just not acceptable. She said: “This poor woman can’t grieve properly and can’t start to move on at all.”

A QE2 Hosptial spokesman said the results were due from Birmingham Women’s Hospital (BWH) where the postmortem was carried out.

He said: “We are putting pressure on them. We understand Mrs Pedley’s concerns and staff are trying their best.”

A BWH spokeswoman said: “A postmortem was carried out at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust which provides this specialist service on behalf of NHS Trusts across the region and further afield. An interim report was sent on September 24, however due to the complex nature of this particular case, final clarification of the initial report is being sought and will be issued imminently.”

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