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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:30

From Rachel and Alistair Wells, Niton:

NO ONE who opened your paper (CP, 03-11-17) could fail to besadly moved by the front-page photograph and news of the death of a youngcouple’s first baby.

One hardly dares to comment on such a tender topic but thereit was for all of us to read, with its reporting so slanted towards blaming,shaming and then naming the midwife and the obstetrician attending the birth,we couldn’t help feeling doubly distressed by the tone of this write-up.

The emotive headline and opening comments seem to have beenmade deliberately to disturb.

This past year our family has been made more aware of thefragility between life and death.

We have reason to be grateful for our hospital here on theIsland, particularly being blessed with two new grandchildren, each born at StMary’s Hospital. The first one was able to be brought home within 24 hours.

The second birth was after a protracted and difficultlabour, with emergency intervention needed for the baby to be delivered safelyat last. So, we are only full of thankfulness for the skilled help and caregiven at this birth.

Our daughter herself has nothing but praise, too, for theround-the-clock support she and her little boy received afterwards, during herstay on the maternity unit to recover.

Now, we all hope and pray that dedicated and experiencedmidwives will not lose heart in their vital profession as a result of theinquest into the death of this one precious child.

Seeing the lovely picture in the paper, we can almost hearthe words, “Sleep in heavenly peace”.

Editor’s footnote: The intention was not to disturb but to highlight afailure that led to a death that could possibly have been avoided. I am surethe medical staff involved can only regret their actions on that day but theCounty Press has a duty to highlight shortcomings in our NHS and other publicservices.

I am glad Mr and Mrs Wells had such a good experience. We all know whatwonderful people work at our hospital and are grateful for their care.

From Rachel and Alistair Wells, Niton:

NO ONE who opened your paper (CP, 03-11-17) could fail to besadly moved by the front-page photograph and news of the death of a youngcouple’s first baby.

One hardly dares to comment on such a tender topic but thereit was for all of us to read, with its reporting so slanted towards blaming,shaming and then naming the midwife and the obstetrician attending the birth,we couldn’t help feeling doubly distressed by the tone of this write-up.

The emotive headline and opening comments seem to have beenmade deliberately to disturb.

This past year our family has been made more aware of thefragility between life and death.

We have reason to be grateful for our hospital here on theIsland, particularly being blessed with two new grandchildren, each born at StMary’s Hospital. The first one was able to be brought home within 24 hours.

The second birth was after a protracted and difficultlabour, with emergency intervention needed for the baby to be delivered safelyat last. So, we are only full of thankfulness for the skilled help and caregiven at this birth.

Our daughter herself has nothing but praise, too, for theround-the-clock support she and her little boy received afterwards, during herstay on the maternity unit to recover.

Now, we all hope and pray that dedicated and experiencedmidwives will not lose heart in their vital profession as a result of theinquest into the death of this one precious child.

Seeing the lovely picture in the paper, we can almost hearthe words, “Sleep in heavenly peace”.

Editor’s footnote: The intention was not to disturb but to highlight afailure that led to a death that could possibly have been avoided. I am surethe medical staff involved can only regret their actions on that day but theCounty Press has a duty to highlight shortcomings in our NHS and other publicservices.

I am glad Mr and Mrs Wells had such a good experience. We all know whatwonderful people work at our hospital and are grateful for their care.

 


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