Mum whose newborn baby girl died after hospital delays is training to become a nurse in bid to help other families

Her newborn baby girl died after delays in transferring her to another hospital.

And now brave Becky Curwen is training to be a nurse in a bid to help other families.

Doctors at Burnley General Hospital failed to detect a rare heart defect after little Dottie Adamson was born on November 30, 2018.

And despite her parents’ desperate pleas they also failed to speed up her transfer to a specialist hospital in Manchester.

By the time their daughter was finally transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester it was tragically too late.

She died just two weeks later.

Parents Becky Curwen and Chris Adamson, from Haslingden, had to endure the heartbreak of reliving their little girl’s short life during an inquest last month in which bosses from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust apologized for issues in Dottie’s care and admitted that there had been “oversights” “.

Becky and Chris, who have four other daughters, have dedicated the years since Dottie’s tragic death to raising money for Ronald McDonald House in Manchester which provides accommodation for families of children in hospital.

The couple are now half way towards their target of £5,000 which will allow them to dedicate a room in Dottie’s memory.

“After getting through the inquest I had promised myself I would do something to raise money that put me out of my comfort zone so I’ve now signed up to do a sky dive with four others,” mum Becky told LancsLive.

“I’m going to get up in that plane, get as close to Dottie as I can, and let go of all the trauma, anger and pain and start to try to rebuild my life in a positive way.

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“I don’t want what’s happened to me to define me but to shape me into the person I am today and hopefully something positive can come out of the tragedy.”

Teachers at St John’s Stonefold Primary School in Rising Bridge, which one of Becky’s daughter attends, have also kindly agreed to raise awareness about the family’s plight and fundraising this week during Children’s Mental Health Week.

On Friday pupils will bring in homemade cakes to sell and dress in their own clothes to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House.

As well as fundraising to help other families whose children are in hospital Becky has also made a huge life decision in light of Dottie’s death.

She is currently in her first year as a trainee nurse at Salford University so that she can “give the best possible service to others that Dottie didn’t get”.

“After everything that happened I couldn’t go back to the job I did before,” Becky said.

“I worked in a beauty salon for 11 years but I decided I needed a career change. Every time I went into the hospital to see Dottie I used to think ‘I’d love to do this’ and then what happened with Dottie just set me off on that journey.

“It’s all helping me; there’s no better feeling than helping other people and I’ve found that’s helped me so much. We didn’t get the best service but I want to give that to other parents.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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