A heartbroken dad has shared the moment his girlfriend died giving birth to their daughter without him as he was not allowed to stay due to coronavirus rules on the ward.
22-year-old Patrick Ratcliffe was sent home as his girlfriend, 21-year-old Samantha Thomas, hadn’t gone into active labor.
They texted each other, with the new father’s final message ‘Sammy I love you’ receiving no reply, according to The Sun.
Samantha passed away when her heart stopped while giving birth to their daughter via C-section.
In an interview with the news outlet, Mr. Ratcliffe said: “Sammy and I had been texting each other all night, after she was taken into hospital.
“I messaged to tell her I had changed the bed ready for her coming home and that I would take her some food in. She was texting back, but then she never replied to my final message.
“I could never in a million years have dreamed that she had died.”
“I was in total shock when I got to the hospital and they said she had already passed. She was a healthy young woman. Zara’s birthday will always be the same date as Sammy’s death.”
He added: “I had to call Sammy’s mum, Bev and her step-dad Pete. I was in an absolute state. They said Sammy’s heart had stopped and they couldn’t get it going again.
“I was told Zara was very lucky to have survived. I just couldn’t believe it. Sammy was a perfectly healthy young woman.”
Doctors said that the mother had suffered from aortic dissection and hemothorax hemorrhage.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Samantha.
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