FAMILY TRAGEDY: Eldean Blake and his partner Emma Green embrace each other during an interview after Emma gave birth to a stillborn baby at the Rockhampton Hospital.
FAMILY TRAGEDY: Eldean Blake and his partner Emma Green embrace each other during an interview after Emma gave birth to a stillborn baby at the Rockhampton Hospital. Courtesy Of Channel Seven

Gladstone mum who lost baby in stillbirth to relive horror

ENDURING a stillborn birth is painful enough for any mother, let alone reading about it.

But Gladstone woman Emma Green will relive the tragic May event with her partner, Eldean Blake, because they want answers and justice for their son's death.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg ordered an independent investigation into the baby's death after Ms Green was allegedly turned away from Gladstone and Rockhampton hospitals repeatedly while she was in labour.

In parliament yesterday Mr Springborg promised Ms Green and her family could view Dr Andrew Pesce's report before himself.

Ms Green's aunt, Sue Bishop, saw Mr Springborg on television when he made the statement during a heated exchange with the Opposition.

Ms Bishop said Mr Springborg's vague answers to shadow health minister Jo-Ann Miller's questions showed that while he was clearly concerned about what happened, he had not been sufficiently briefed.

Ms Bishop said she had been trying to contact his office for weeks to tell him the truth about their difficulties liaising with Rockhampton Hospital since his office had appointed a contact there.

Ms Miller attacked Mr Springborg for not contacting the family, saying "it's a disgraceful effort from a health minister isn't it?".

LNP MP Ros Bates accused Ms Miller of turning a personal tragedy into a political issue.

But Ms Bishop said she believed making her niece's tragedy public was the only way the family would get answers.

While the family isn't expecting the hospital to accept full responsibility in Dr Pesce's report, they believe it will reveal clear evidence of negligence.



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