A HUDDERSFIELD couple are mourning the death of their baby.
And they claim health professionals failed to recognise problems during pregnancy.
Sabila Akram, of Edgerton, visited the maternity unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax the day before the still-birth of her daughter Maya – complaining of pains and a fever.
Doctors and midwives told her that her baby’s heart rate was high and she needed to move around until the baby was comfortable and later they sent her home.
The next day she rang the hospital to say she was having contractions and was admitted in the morning having gone full term at 40 weeks.
Minutes after getting on to the Labour Ward, she was told that Maya had died.
The hospital are currently carrying out an internal investigation.
Sabila said: “It is the worst news you can hear as a family.
“It was devastating, such a shock.
“The day before my baby was there and the next, doctors simply told me ‘sorry, she has gone’. They moved me in to another room, there was no sympathy whatsoever.
“Then someone came in and said I would have to deliver her, I wasn’t even given the option of a Caesarean section.
“I was told I could not have an epidural as the person in charge of giving them was occupied.
“They have a duty of care, they should fulfil it properly or don’t offer it.
“I don’t want any family to ever have to go through what we went through.