Dad’s agony at telling sons ‘mummy’s gone to heaven’ after she dies giving birth
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Dad’s agony at telling sons ‘mummy’s gone to heaven’ after she dies giving birth

November 2, 2019


 A dad has shared his agony at telling his three young sons ‘mummy’s gone to heaven’ after she died giving birth  Jason McKevitt and Susan McLoughlin were over the moon when they found out they were expecting the daughter they had always wanted  But their happiness turned into heartache on Monday when “amazing mum” Susan, 32, died during childbirth  Devastatingly when the couple’s three boys, all aged under 10, asked where their mum was, Jason had the agonising task of breaking the news she wasn’t coming home   “I had to tell my sons their mum has gone to heaven,” Jason, 38, told the Liverpool Echo  “One of them doesn’t really understand and keeps asking for their mum and I can’t give her to them  “She was a great mum. All we ever wanted was a little girl and she was just an amazing mum  “Everything she did was for the kids.  “She was my childhood sweetheart.”  The dad now faces bringing up their four children alone and has been unable to work while he’s grieving and juggling looking after the kids  He also has to think about how to transport his partner’s body back from the hospital in Sheffield where she had been receiving specialist care  “It’s just been so hard,” admitted Jason.    The chef said Susan started to “cough up blood” and the couple immediately called the ambulance out of concern, but were told it wasn’t anything too serious  Following tests at hospital, Susan was told her baby girl was not growing properly, and she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, which needed immediate medical intervention  Jason said his partner of 11 years was informed the “right hand side of her heart was blocked,” despite Susan being “fit and healthy” and not a drinker or smoker  The family were told the best care Susan could get would be at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, in Sheffield, which split the couple up as Jason had to divide his time between childcare and driving to Sheffield  Jason said: “She got moved there and all the while she was asking ‘am I going to die? Am I going to see my kids again?'”  He claims that Susan was reassured that “she would be OK”  Before giving birth, Jason said Susan called to say “I love you”.  But then he received a call from the hospital  “I was on my way to pick the kids up from school and I got a call to say ‘you need to get to Sheffield, she’s poorly,'” he recalled  “We tried to get a police escort there, but we couldn’t and I was driven. I was asking them ‘what’s happened, what’s happened’ but they would not tell me  “I knew at the back of my heart something had happened.”  Jason said Susan “didn’t even get to meet” their baby, the first girl in the whole family, who they named Leila  The little girl was born prematurely and weighed just 4lbs after Susan delivered her while 36 weeks pregnant Because of her condition, she had to stay in hospital to be cared for.  After spending time with his new baby, Jason had to come back to Liverpool to look after his sons, Liam, 10, Jason, seven and Jamie, two  He said the support since Susan’s death has been “amazing” and “everyone has really pulled together  Clair Solan, a friend of Jason’s for eight years, set up a JustGiving page to help the family during the tough time  She wrote: “Within hours of the family gaining their much awaited baby girl, they lost their mother and partner  “Jason and his family will never be the same again, while waiting for his baby girl to come home from Sheffield he has to put aside his own grief and support his three beautiful boys  “The aim of this fund raising is to try and remove at least one worry from this heartbreaking time The funds raised will help the family to pay for the costs involved with the funeral and also towards securing the childrens future ”   A friend of Jason’s has set up a JustGiving page to help the family following the “unbelievable” tragedy It can be  found here .

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