Sad tale of a woman robbed of the joy of carrying her newborn baby home

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Lynnette Awuor’s joy of holding her little bundle of joy was cut just one week of giving birth to a baby she has been looking for, after eight years of marriage.

Thirty two year old Lynnette Awuor says she gave birth to her baby last month at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital only for the to develop some complications.

“I gave birth through CS last month at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital. The baby unfortunately developed some complications and was taken to the nursery,” narrates Awuor.

Awuor says she nursed her baby for three days, but on the third day, she noticed that there was something wrong with the baby, the fever had gone up at around midnight,” she said.

She narrated to Ghetto Radio News how her efforts to attend to her sick baby fell on deaf ears at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

A nurse at the hospital only instructed her to put the baby in an incubator to help with the fever.

“When i got to the hospital the following day, i noticed that the baby was the just the same way i had left him, very cold but not breathing,” narrates Awuor.

She then says how a talk by the doctor who was doing rounds that morning numbed her when he said that the child only had a 50-50 chance of survival.

The baby was then resuscitated and put on drip and was using an oxygen mask to help with the breathing.

She was then referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital saying that the baby needed a blood transfusion.

“At KNH inwas told the baby had developed complications and had to be put on drip for two days. But after the two days the baby started having breathing complications and his skin coolour had also changed,” she narrates.

At around 3 am the nurses told her that the baby’s breathing was not normal. By 7 am the following day, the hospital nurses called me and told me that my baby had died.

“I am not sure if my baby died of negligence at Pumwani Hospital or if he died of birth complications because all i know is that my baby looked fine when i gave birth to him,”

Awuor and her husband are yet to come to terms with the loss of their baby one month after the loss.

She keeps asking herself why she was not able to carry her baby home after eight years of asking from the blessing from God.

“I have been married for eight years, and this was my first baby after the eight year hardwork, so it is very painful for me. I am still trying to recover from the CS wound and at the same time mourn the loss of my baby.

October is the pregnancy and infant loss awareness month where mothers who have had still births, those who have miscarried and those who have lost their babies are remembered.

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