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Mum Speaks Of Heartbreak

Thursday June 6 2013

Samantha Maltby Samantha Maltby

A MOTHER whose baby girl died within hours of being born at Barnsley Hospital has spoken of her heartbreak and the strength she found following her death.

Samantha Maltby, from Wombwell, had a normal pregnancy leading up to the birth of her daughter Lucy last November.

But after the birth by Caesarean, Lucy's health quickly deteriorated and doctors tried to resuscitate her - but she died nine hours later.

Samantha, 30, runs her own hairdressing salon and said she felt well before giving birth to her daughter.

"Everything was fine up until that point," she said.
"I remember the midwife going to show me the baby and as they cut the umbilical chord Lucy obviously became ill very quickly.

"At the time she was just a lovely rosy colour. She had really chubby hands, she was long, tall like her dad. She looked like her sister and she had thick curly hair. She was mine, she was beautiful, she was perfect to me." 

An inquest last week was told how there were complications in the blood flow between Samantha and her daughter. The placenta, an organ which connects a mother to the developing baby, was also damaged. It found the baby died of natural causes.

Samantha cannot speak highly enough of Barnsley Hospital and the staff who cared for her and Lucy.

"Under the most horrific circumstances they have been fantastic. I can't thank them enough," Samantha said.

She says talking about Lucy has helped her and she has a collection box at her salon for the special care baby unit. More than £700 has been raised so far.

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Reply Posted by becci on Thursday June 6 2013 at 10:17
Such a sad story!!! I would just like to wish them all the best for the future!! X

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Thursday June 6 2013 at 10:21
I was one of the team that cared for you at that time, such a wonderful family. Lucy was a beautiful baby, glad you we could help you during that very difficult time x

Reply Posted by Sam Maltby on Thursday June 6 2013 at 22:15
Hi there,
Once again, thank you to you and all your colleagues. Everyone that we dealt with went above and beyond the call of duty to look after me, my husband and our families. Everyone was so patient, compassionate and understanding. I have no idea how to make anyone understand how grateful I am to all of you, I want to hug each and everyone of you and tell you how special you are to me, and I will never forget any one in that unit, you all have a special place in my heart. You are amazing people, with exceptional skills to do the job that you do every day and I don't think that people realise what a risk to mother and baby child birth is, even in this day and age. Once again, thank you.
Sam Maltby. Xxxxxx

Reply Posted by donna on Thursday June 6 2013 at 11:54
orrr bless u an yr family x its nice to hear nice things about Barnsley hossy,i had all my children there an they was wounderfull :) xx r,i,p lil angel xxx

Reply Posted by Emma insley on Thursday June 6 2013 at 22:15
Love to u both Sam and Chris, always thinking of u. And god bless baby Lucy. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Reply Posted by angie on Sunday June 9 2013 at 16:46
ya daughter is in the spirit land she will be around ya always luv xxxxx sending healing xxxxxxxxxx

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