Couple return home without baby after ordeal at hospital
AFTER a horrifying week-long ordeal, Emma Green and her partner Eldean Blake returned to their Gladstone home yesterday afternoon.
Emma, 26, lost her full-term baby boy earlier this week after repeatedly seeking attention at Rockhampton Hospital.
Four separate investigations are now underway into the incident.
Family spokesperson Sue Bishop said going home would have been an ordeal for her niece.
"She would have had to walk into the nursery they prepared for their baby, but without him," Ms Bishop said.
She said the experience had taken a toll on Emma physically.
"There are still a few medical dilemmas," Ms Bishop said. "Her body is not in good shape."
Emma was in labour for six days before giving birth to her stillborn son on Wednesday morning.
Ms Bishop said she had been in contact with Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.
Mr Springborg previously assured the family all medical expenses would be covered.
Ms Bishop said she would seek further compensation to pay for funeral expenses.
"Emma's starting to think about a funeral but she shouldn't have to pay for that," Ms Bishop said.
"She wants her baby to have the funeral he deserves."
Ms Bishop said a funeral was likely to be held in Ipswich.
"That's where both Eldean and Emma's family are," she said.
"We know it will take some time before they can do that."
Ms Bishop said Emma's health was the priority.
"She's still in a dazed shock," she said.
"Her workplace, the Gladstone Ports Corporation, have been very supportive."
Ms Bishop said she would continue to fight for justice.
"We don't want letters of apology and we don't want revenge," she said.
"We want justice and for Emma to be looked after."
Ms Bishop is hoping to set up a trust fund for the family.
More obstetricians at Rockhampton, Gladstone director says
THE tragic death of a Gladstone woman's baby has renewed calls for hospital services in the region to be improved.
Emma Green wanted to give birth at the Gladstone Hospital but was unable to because her Body Mass Index was more than 35.
Instead she was referred to Rockhampton Hospital. She later gave birth to a stillborn baby at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital after being turned away from the general hospital several times.
Director of medical services at Gladstone Hospital Dr Nicki Murdock said the decision as to where to deliver the baby of a woman with a high BMI was made by a team of health professionals, not only by obstetricians.
"We always put our patients' safety first and treat each case individually," Dr Murdock said.
Dr Murdock said Gladstone Hospital had one full-time specialist obstetrician, whereas three were employed in Rockhampton.
The Observer sought comment from the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland vce-president Dr Ewen McPhee, who said he was unable to comment on specifics due to four separate inquiries being conducted.
Dr McPhee said the association supported the call for a sensitive investigation of the event.