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Mother's wishes finally come true

PUBLISHED: 20:13 05 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:52 03 March 2010

A MOTHER'S wishes have finally come true for Sharon Adams who has had her baby's remains returned 16 years after the infant's death.

Now Mrs Adams has spent £41,000 on her home to ensure her daughter Nicole can have a permanent resting place dedicated to her memory.

A MOTHER's wishes have finally come true for Sharon Adams who has had her baby's remains returned 16 years after the infant's death.

Now Mrs Adams has spent £41,000 on her home to ensure her daughter Nicole can have a permanent resting place dedicated to her memory.

Mrs Adams only found out that Ipswich Hospital had kept remains of little Nicole who she miscarried in 1986, after the Alder Hey organs scandal prompted her to ask questions last February.

To her horror she learned tiny pathology samples of skin on glass slides and in wax blocks had been stored without her knowledge, but she is full of praise for the way the hospital has helped her since.

Mrs Adams today told how she has had to buy her house, change the deeds to show the grave, and prove her actions to the authorities - in line with the Foetal Commissions' guidelines.

The Pembroke Close resident said: "It has been a long process but it's worth it. Some people might not understand all the fuss because it happened such a long time ago, but it was important to me to bring Nicole home.

"I had to buy the house from the council, wait for the mortgage to be sorted, get the deeds changed to show the burial site, take the papers to the hospital, then the funeral directors, before they would let me collect Nicole."

The house cost her £41,000, but she says she will never leave.

She said: "This is my home, and I like it here. I can't see myself moving."

"If somebody cremated a relative they could scatter the ashes anywhere they wanted, but I didn't have that opportunity so I had to follow the rules."

The Star featured broke her story last May, when she had created a shrine in her back garden, and she has been fighting to bury her baby there ever since.

Mrs Adams 44, finally collected a white casket wrapped in red velvet from the chapel of rest and buried Nicole under a stone angel in her garden.

She now plans to get the grave blessed by a vicar.

She said: "It was another very emotional time. It was like she had died all over again."

But she is full of praise for the way Ipswich Hospital handled the situation, within official NHS guidelines set down after the Alder Hey scandal -when stored organs found at he Liverpool hospital led to the revelation that more than 100,000 human organs were being held by hospitals across Britain.

Mrs Adams understands that things were done differently years ago, and samples were kept without the need to inform parents.

She added: "I would like to thank staff at the hospital, and particularly Michelle Baker (the chief administrator), for their help.

"I received Nicole's medical notes, with explanations for the technical terms added in for my benefit, and everybody has been so understanding."

Mrs Adams had to terminate another baby Katie in 1983 after doctors told her the little girl had spina bifida and water on the brain.

By chance, she managed to stop a post mortem she had not given permission for at the time, and Katie was cremated in hospital.

The future looks brighter as Mrs Adams' 22-year-old twins are now expecting. She also has another younger daughter.


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