MP Antoinette Sandbach broke down in tears as she told the House of Commons about the night her baby son died. The Tory was speaking during a debate on bereavement care in maternity units on Monday evening, when she told MPs about losing her 5-day-old son to sudden infant death syndrome in 2009.
“The night my son died I woke to find him not breathing,” she said.
“Arriving at hospital, looking at a flatline in the ambulance for over 20 minutes, a crash team was waiting for me – but it was too late.
“The consultant neonatologist was calm and a reassuring presence and the nursing staff were patient.
“I readily agreed to a post-mortem, as I wanted to know exactly what had happened.
“Staff at the hospital were wonderful but I found myself in a plain room with questions being asked of me. I was told that I had to wait for the police.
“I had left in such a panic that I had left my telephone behind and I couldn’t remember any telephone numbers and was there on my own.”
As Antoinette welled up, a Tory colleague praised her for an “emotional and powerful contribution”.
She thanked him and continued: “I arrived home later that morning to find the police officers going through my house,” she said.
“Clearly they had to investigate as the death had been away from hospital, and I had to explain to my 6-year-old what had happened.”
The Eddisbury MP praised charity Chrysalis Trust at The Alder Centre and said counselling arranged by them had been a “lifeline”.
Watch her full Commons address in full below.