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Three-day-old baby died next to her parents only hours after she was brought home

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-27
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Little Luna Atkins (pictured) had been at home only hours when she died (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

A three-day-old baby died in bed next to her parents just hours after being brought home from hospital.

Little Luna Atkins was breastfed by her mother at around 9.30pm before both her exhausted parents fell asleep next to her.

The baby had been born two-weeks premature by emergency Cesarean section and spent her first two days at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

She was discharged at around 5pm after doctors decided she was strong enough to go home.

But tragically Luna was declared dead at around 2.20am at their home in Roath, Cardiff.

Pathologists said her cause of death could not be determined and a coroner said co-sleeping with her parents, Philippa, 34 and James, 35, was not to blame.

A post-mortem examination was carried out but the cause of death was recorded as "unascertained".

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Mum Philippa is fundraising for other children (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

South Wales Central Coroner David Regan said police had "no concerns" regarding Luna's death and that the couple's home was "clean and tidy" with "plenty of fresh food in the fridge."

He said: "Her parents made the choice she could co-sleep with them - that is a choice clearly available to parents. It's a choice they felt was in Luna's best interests.

"Luna's parents did not smoke, and there is no suggestion of any alcohol at all in the blood samples they provided.

"Luna appeared healthy and bright and was discharged home on May 11, 2020. She went to sleep in her parents bedroom, sleeping between them, that night.

"It seems to me there is absolutely no evidence at all that co-sleeping was contributive of Luna's death."

Mr Regan gave a conclusion of unascertained natural causes.

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Philippa and James Atkins lost daughter Luna (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

Following Luna's death Philippa is now fundraising to help other children and described Luna as "our beautiful baby" and "our perfect little girl."

She said: "Luna has taught me life is too short and too precious!

"We owe it to her to fill the world with more music and more joy.

"So if you ever think you can’t, look up at the moon, and my baby will show you that the world is good and you are loved!

"I got to carry Luna for 9 months, and hold her for nearly 3 days. I knew my daughter and she was good! She has given me the strength to believe in myself and strive to make the world a better place.

"Whatever you have been through, I am always here for you as you are there for me. As things start to go back to ‘normal’ let’s strive to make it better.

"Let’s laugh more and sing more. Let’s never forget the tragedies of the last few months, and let’s remember those we have lost in the best possible way."

Keen runner Philippa is now planning a half marathon in honour of Luna and other children by raising money for the Martha's Dancing Heart appeal to raise money for the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust.

If you are affected by this story

ARC 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 arc-uk.org Antenatel Results and Choices supports families through antenatal screening when they are faced with the difficult decision whether to continue with the pregnancy. Their helpline is manned by trained staff from 10am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Tommy’s 0800 0147 800 tommys.org or email midwife@tommys.org funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and provides pregnancy health information to parents. If you are pregnant and have immediate concerns you can contact the free Pregnancy Line, open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Sands 0808 164 3332 sands.org.uk offers free support to anyone affected by the loss of a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death. You can call the helpline or email helpline@sands.org.uk The website also has an online forum where you can speak to people who have suffered similar experiences and a list of support groups so you can find the one closest to you

Bliss 020 7378 1122 bliss.org.uk for baby's born premature of sick bliss.org.uk email hello@bliss.org.uk aims to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life

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Evita420
07-27

My baby was 9 mos brestfed she was asleep on top of me. she died from SIDS the docters said she was comfortable and someting in her brain told her to stop breathing. hold your babies love your babies we never know how long God will Bless us with their Presents. I also lost my son he was 29.

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Heidi Lansford
07-27

So, if she wasn't smothered, as the article indicates that there was no sign it was from co-sleeping, then she was discharged too early and the hospital doesn't want to admit it.

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Shakeima Crandoll
07-27

Hospitals be rushing us out after birth its no way mom got cut and her and baby out in 2 days she was not ready niether was mom sue them

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