Poor Cheryl Hurley had to suffer the loss of her precious little baby Hayden because doctors were simply too busy to deliver him—reason—shortage of staff.
35-year-old Cheryl was heavily pregnant and went to the hospital but was sent home even when doctors knew that baby Hayden’s blood flow was critically restricted judging by the scans.
She was told by medics that she’d be admitted and induced in order to deal with the issue. However, later they informed her that they were sending her home due to a “lack of staff and equipment over the weekend.”
Cheryl was already 38 weeks pregnant and on top of that had complications. She had no choice but to return to Southend Hospital in Essex the following week. Alas, just three days later baby Hayden was delivered as a stillborn to Cheryl and her partner Alex Stevens.
The would-be-daddy to Hayden said: “The consultants told us they don’t induce people over the weekend. We begged the doctors to keep Cheryl in and deliver our baby but they refused. If they had delivered him over the weekend I feel sure he would still be here. The NHS is supposed to be a 24-hour service. We’re both devastated and very angry.”
Sue Hardy, the nursing chief of Southend, said they are, “extremely sorry and is taking the matter very seriously”. However, a “sorry” can’t bring back a life that is lost forever. It’s such a tragedy as Cheryl and Alex were so close to holding their warm and living newborn in their arms. Now, they have to mourn, accept the death and move on.
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