Wymondham couple who lost their baby at 24 weeks donate heart monitor to hospital maternity ward in his memory

Tom and Laura Burdett, with their three-month-old son Leo, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hos

Tom and Laura Burdett, with their three-month-old son Leo, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with the new foetal heart monitor bought from funds they raised after their first baby was stillborn. With them is Jo Knox, practice development midwife. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A couple who lost their baby at 24 weeks have donated a heart monitor to a hospital maternity ward in his memory.

Tom and Laura Burdett were left devastated when their son Findlay was stillborn following a serious heart condition.

Now, more than a year on from his death, and the Wymondham couple have donated equipment to prevent other parents going through similar trauma.

Mr Burdett, a 30-year-old accountant, said: 'It is still difficult for us both. And the sadness comes in waves during things like his birthday or what would have been his due date.

'The main reason we have done this is to make sure that something positive came out of losing Findlay. It was also because the staff were amazing and so we wanted to help with the new equipment.'

The couple presented the wireless foetal heart monitor to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital's maternity ward.

It follows an event they organised this year to raise almost £8,300 for the Norfolk branch of the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands.

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The pair, who lost their child in July last year, were supported by the charity during their time in hospital.

Frances Bolger, head of midwifery at the hospital, said the new equipment would hopefully lead to improved birth outcomes.

'Wireless telemetry is fantastic new technology that allows higher risk women the ability to keep upright and mobile during labour whilst allowing continuous monitoring of the fetal heart,' she said.

'To be in a position to be able to encourage upright labour and birth, whilst having the reassurance that we can monitor the fetal heart will hopefully lead to an improvement in birth outcomes.

Mr Burdett said his wife, who is 26, has since given birth to a healthy baby boy, called Leo.

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