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Copperbeech33 Fri 01-Sep-17 20:00:05

A mother who has spent 42 years arguing that the baby she was told to say goodbye to in the morgue was not hers, finally got an order to exhume the body for DNA testing, and the coffin was found to be empty.

Copperbeech33 Fri 01-Sep-17 20:01:10

I don't know the woman, the baby or the area, but poor woman. I could cry for her.

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Dancinginthemidnight Fri 01-Sep-17 20:02:33

My Dp was telling me about that story earlier. It's horrific isn't it. The poor woman and baby.

Passmethecrisps Fri 01-Sep-17 20:02:42

It was on the BBC.

TheDuckSaysMoo Fri 01-Sep-17 20:02:54

I saw this on the news tonight- horrific. She's been fighting since 1975 to discover this.

Passmethecrisps Fri 01-Sep-17 20:03:40

finds no body in her baby's coffinink{ here }

Passmethecrisps Fri 01-Sep-17 20:03:54

Gosh sorry for link fail

Passmethecrisps Fri 01-Sep-17 20:04:25

Mother finds no body in her baby's coffin

Rubyslippers7780 Fri 01-Sep-17 20:05:03

BBC News: Mother finds no body in her baby's coffin
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Mother finds no body in her baby's coffin -

Anecdoche Fri 01-Sep-17 20:05:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Copperbeech33 Fri 01-Sep-17 20:05:59

it must be totally devastating. I wish there was something I could do to help

exxrecluse Fri 01-Sep-17 20:08:39

This is not at all surprising. My mum had a baby around the same time who died. She was told she was only allowed to take the baby for burial because they died in exceptional circumstances. She was not allowed to see the baby before or after death. A stillborn child would have been buried 12 to a grave without the parents having any say. Just flung in a pit basically.

NormaSmuff Fri 01-Sep-17 20:09:47

that is rather harsh exxrecluse - is that comment necessary/?

troodiedoo Fri 01-Sep-17 20:10:49

God that's horrific. Poor woman. Hope she gets the answers she needs.

DropZoneOne Fri 01-Sep-17 20:17:38

Oh that's awful, the poor woman. Unfortunately she may never get answers 😔

Copperbeech33 Fri 01-Sep-17 20:38:15

This baby wasn't still born, he died at 7 days

Copperbeech33 Fri 01-Sep-17 20:39:07

42 years ago somebody closed that coffin knowing it was empty. That person might still be alive.

Kissisforpirate Fri 01-Sep-17 20:49:19

Stillborn babies and neonatal deaths used to be treated the same. That the baby should be taken away and never mentioned again. It was bloody awful.

indulgentberries Fri 01-Sep-17 21:05:24

A woman that I used to know had a stillbirth at the same time that I was born. She was told that she couldn't see her baby and that the hospital would 'deal with him' She wanted to see him but was told that she wasn't allowed to. She told me the detail of the birth but I won't repeat it here.

Maryof1993 Tue 05-Sep-17 22:20:06

Read the Alder Hey inquiry. All sorts used to go on. Some probably still goes on today.

Maryof1993 Tue 05-Sep-17 22:21:11

GoingRogue Tue 05-Sep-17 22:27:34

That poor poor woman sad I hope she gets some answers.

purpleme12 Thu 07-Sep-17 08:38:19

Wow this is awful I never even knew about them taking dead people's organs

GinYummy Thu 07-Sep-17 08:43:47

Horrific sad

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