Patient Stories

Below are a selection of patient stories that have inspired the work of Mother's Instinct and we will be adding more soon.

Jasmine and Jo Hughes

Our little girl, Jasmine Elizabeth Ann Hughes, died on 15th February 2011. She was 20 months old.

Jasmine was the centre of our world, a very funny, very feisty, very pretty little flower!

At Christmas 2010 she got a virus. She got 'better' but wasn't herself afterwards. Just over a month later, after many missed opportunities to listen to our concerns and act, a great number of breakdowns in communication within the NHS teams looking after her, a lack of attention to some of her basic observations, and a failure to adhere to safety guidelines by those respons

Baby Harry Connolly with his mother

We lost our son, Harry Raymond Connolly, on 1st May 2011 aged 19 months.

Harry was our beautiful blue eyed confident fun loving boy.

He had always been healthy and strong, however on Saturday 23 April 2011 he developed what seemed to be a normal bout of diarrhoea, this continued into the Sunday but it was Easter weekend and he had eaten a lot of chocolate and was fine in himself so at first we put it down to a chocolate overdose!

By Monday he was passing blood in his stools which also contained a lot of mucus, being bank holiday my GP was closed so I ca

We lost our son Owen on May 24th 2012 aged 8 years.

Owen had been diagnosed with brittle asthma in 2006. Brittle asthma is a type of asthma which is difficult to control and the patient often experiences a sudden onset of symptoms. Despite his condition he was a normal little boy who loved football and swimming, he was always on the go. Although regularly in and out of hospital, he had never spent more than 2 nights in hospital for each episode and had never required intensive care.

On the morning of the 23rd of May we took Owen to see the GP as he had a diff

Jessica Clarke with her mother Natalie and sister LIbby

We lost our daughter Jessica Naomi Clarke on 15th July 2012 at 12 days old.

Jess’s labour was relatively straightforward; she arrived within an hour weighing in at a hefty 9lb3oz. I was kept in hospital for 3 days due to blood-loss, however Jess was given a clean bill of health and we went home the happiest parents on earth. I will never forget the first morning back home, I remember sitting in bed with Jess, her elder sister Libby and my husband, I had never been happier and I was so content and at peace with my life.

Sadly that feeling didn’t last long. The

Baby Louie Hemmington Buckley

Michelle Hemmington lost her son Louie Hemmington Buckley on 17th May 2011

My son, Louie, was 9 days overdue when I went into labour.

In the second stage of my labour, Louie had become distressed and his heart rate was deteriorating. I raised my concerns about his heart rate, and also informed the midwife I was struggling to deliver him without intervention, but she allowed me to continue for an hour and 30 minutes before intervening with an episiotomy. Louie was born moments later and placed on my chest, but was then taken to a resuscitaire. We heard medical

Harry Mould, aged 5, six months before he died

Odette and Lee lost their son Harry Mould on 31st March 2009

Harry had been diagnosed with asthma in 2008 following varied episodes of coughing. However he’d never been hospitalised, until March 2009; this particular coughing episode caused extensive wheezing which he’d never suffered from before.

On arrival at A&E Harrys oxygen saturation levels were high 80’s and he was prescribed hourly nebulisers overnight. The next morning he’d made a vast improvement and his consultant chose to take him off hourly nebulisers, and instead to use his inhaler 4 hourly.