Joy after tragedy for teenage mum

GLYNIS Day will always shed a tear for her baby Luke, once thought to be Britain's youngest MRSA fatality.But today she is full of hope as she welcomes new baby, Jack Callum Day, into the world.

GLYNIS Day will always shed a tear for her baby Luke, once thought to be Britain's youngest MRSA fatality.

But today she is full of hope as she welcomes new baby, Jack Callum Day, into the world.

Glynis, 18, is also full of gratitude for the extra special care showered on her by Ipswich Hospital, but wishes it had not taken Luke's death at just 36 hours-old for improvements to be made there.

A section of Glynis and her mum's Woodbridge home is still set aside with photos, flowers and a prayer in memory of Luke.

But in a brave expression of support for the raft of improvements made at Ipswich Hospital in the wake of Luke's death, Glynis returned on Monday to have her baby.

She said: “I thought it would be safer to go to Ipswich Hospital than another, where awareness was not so high, but I was very anxious.”

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Last time Glynis suffered from pre-eclampsia - which results from a defect in the placenta and can lead to fit. This time received weekly checks and scans and was even swabbed for MRSA.

Twin sister Lizzie Day, 18, who was at the birth said, said: “I really wanted him to cry and he screamed his little head off - Luke never cried.”

Hospital staff did four-hourly observations on mum and baby and Jack was put in the amber category and checked by a paediatrician every day even though, born healthy, he should have been in the green category. Luke was put on green when he should have been on amber.

Glynis has even been given a breathing monitor which beeps if Jack's breathing stops for 20 seconds.

Glynis, who brought Jack home yesterday, said: “I feel pleased it's all over and that everything has gone well. I can't believe I've got him home. Sometimes I let him cry - Luke never cried.”

Fighting back the tears, she added: “I'm pleased he's here, but it's sad Luke couldn't be here as well.

“I just feel sad it took Luke's death for changes to be made to midwifery practices and procedures.”

Glynis' mum Kathy Day, 51, added: “The family feel Ipswich Hospital is addressing the problems shown up in the inquiry and we feel they have learned valuable lessons from this tragedy so that Luke's death was a one-off incident. Mums don't have to worry about going back.”

Although Luke was initially thought to have died from MRSA, a subsequent report said the superbug may not have killed him, but that better care may have saved him. No paediatric intervention was requested even though Luke had been grunting, suffering from hypothermia and not feeding properly.

Possible causes of death were given as damage to Luke's lungs or brain or even sudden infant death syndrome.

Do you have any goodwill messages for Glynis? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

February 2, 2005: Woodbridge baby Luke Day was born to Glynis Day, 17, and Kevin Fenton, 24, at Ipswich Hospital's maternity unit.

Just 36 hours later he had died. A post mortem found he had fallen victim to hospital superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).

The hospital launched an immediate inquiry.

End of March: Hospital microbiologists said their investigations had drawn a blank and that they may never know how Luke contracted the superbug.

Early April: Ipswich Hospital asks for representatives from the Health Protection Agency to join the Strategic Health Authority in a thorough investigation.

Early August: A new report announced that Luke may in fact not have died from MRSA, that better care may have saved him that controlling the spread of infection had not been given a high enough priority.

January 16: Glynis welcomes gives birth to Jack Callum Day.

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