Teen mum dies following cardiac arrest just two hours after childbirth

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Teegan Barnard, 17, became unwell after delivering her healthy baby boy, Parker, in hospital. She was starved of oxygen and suffered a severe brain injury and, though she was discharged from hospital to spend her final days at the family home, died there days later.

Teegan’s heartbroken parents Abbie Hallawell and Trevor Barnard hope an inquest will provide them with vital answers as to why their daughter, a pizza chef, died.

The couple, from Havant, Hampshire, instructed expert medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help establish answers and support the family through the emotional inquest process.

Lawyers today called it a “truly tragic case”.

Teegan gave birth at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, on September 9, 2019, and died on October 7, 2019, reports Wales Online.

Abbie and Trevor are now bringing up Parker alongside his dad, Leon Forster.

Heartbroken Abbie said: “Teegan and the rest of the family were delighted when she fell pregnant. She was really looking forward to becoming a parent and she would have been an absolutely fantastic mum.

“It still doesn’t really seem real that what should have been the best day in Teegan’s life ended tragically and left all of our family changed forever.

“It’s been more than two years since Teegan died but time has stood still for all our family.

“I know the inquest and listening to the evidence around Teegan’s death is going to be incredibly upsetting but it’s something I’ve got to do not only for Teegan, but also for Parker.

“Teegan would have been so proud of Parker and how he’s such a happy baby who’s developing every day.

“While he’ll grow up without his mum in his life, he will always be told how much Teegan loved him and how she’ll always be a part of our family.”

Teegan’s inquest is set to open on Friday at West Sussex Coroner’s Court, which is in Chichester.

It is expected to last four days.

“This is a truly tragic case which saw what should have been a time of celebration for the family turn to absolute despair,” Rebecca Brown, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said today.

“Understandably Abbie, Trevor and the rest of the family remain devastated by Teegan’s death at such a young age and in such sudden circumstances.

“The last two years and trying to start to come to terms with Teegan’s death, all while having a number of concerns about what happened, has been incredibly difficult.

“While nothing can make up for Teegan’s death we’re determined to support the family through the inquest and help establish answers the family deserve.

“If during the course of the hearing any issues are identified it’s vital that lessons are learned.”



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