Norfolk mum's baby march
Stephen PullingerA Norfolk mother is taking her crusade for justice for premature babies to London today where she will be joined on a march from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street by hundreds of supporters from all over the UK.Stephen Pullinger
A Norfolk mother is taking her crusade for justice for premature babies to London tomorrow (Monday) where she will be joined on a march from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street by hundreds of supporters from all over the UK.
Sarah Capewell's son Jayden lived for two hours but, despite her desperate pleas, was refused help by doctors at Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital because he was born at 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy - two days short of the 22 weeks' gestation limit when intensive care is offered.
Having launched an online campaign calling for changes to medical guidelines following her trauma in October 2008, she is still touched on a daily basis by similar heart-breaking stories from women all around the world who have got in contact via her website justice4jayden.webs.com
Miss Capewell, 23, of George Street, Great Yarmouth, will hand in a petition to the Prime Minister reflecting the 18,000 people who have registered their support online.
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She said: 'We want all parents to be given information before their baby's birth about what could happen, what their options are and what the law is.
'And we want all babies born alive to be assessed by a paediatrician who can then talk things through with the parents.'
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Miss Capewell, who is being backed by Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh who herself suffered a premature baby tragedy, will also be handing in data in support of treating babies younger than 22 weeks.
'Statistics from Japan show 13pc of babies born at 21 weeks surviving with limited disabilities,' she said.
She is also calling for birth and death certificates to be routinely issued for all babies born alive under 22 weeks.
'That would mean the mother could still take maternity leave and get her life back in order. And it is also a statement saying, 'I am not a miscarriage, I am a baby'. Pictures of Jayden show he was a fully-formed baby,' she said.
Miss Capewell, who has a five-year-old daughter Jodie, said a number of MPs and celebrities had been approached to join the walk and it was possible GMTV's Lorraine Kelly, who presented her with a Best magazine Britain's Bravest Woman award, would be there.
In June, she will be releasing a CD entitled Angels Live Forever featuring local and national musicians with her singing a poignant track Never Be Healed.
Proceeds will go to her justice4jayden campaign which she is registering as a charity.
'We want to set up support groups across Britain and help families with the cost of headstones for their babies if they cannot afford it,' she said.
She said the moving story of how her baby had cried and even reached out to her with doctors declining to examine him had been told on television and in papers around the world, including the Wall Street Journal.
'I have been asked to take my campaign to the US, Australia and even Africa,' she said.