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Justice campaign goes to Downing Street

PUBLISHED: 09:11 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:37 30 June 2010

A Norfolk woman who claims hospital staff left her premature baby to die because he was born less than 22 weeks into her pregnancy is to take her Justice for Jayden campaign to Downing Street.

A Norfolk woman who claims hospital staff left her premature baby to die because he was born less than 22 weeks into her pregnancy is to take her Justice for Jayden campaign to Downing Street.

Sarah Capewell, 23, will be joined by hundreds of families from all over Britain on a May Day march from Trafalgar Square to the doorstep of No 10.

The march will support her petition, which attracted more than 18,000 signatures on the 10 Downing Street website, in calling for changes to medical guidelines which currently advise against babies under 22 weeks' gestation being offered intensive care.

Miss Capewell, who was recently presented with a crystal award by Lorraine Kelly after being voted Britain's Bravest Woman by Best magazine, is hopeful the GMTV presenter will be available to support the event.

“The march has been approved by the police and Downing Street and 200 people have said already they will definitely be coming, with another 300 maybes,” she said.

“Some on the march will be women, and their families, who have been through what I have, but others are just people who want to support the campaign. Many have said they were totally unaware of this problem until my story was highlighted in the media.”

Since Miss Capewell told last September how her premature son died in her arms after doctors at Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital refused to help him because she had been only 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy, her Justice for Jayden campaign has taken off beyond her wildest dreams.

And the moving story told on her website - www.justice4jayden.

webs.com - of how Jayden lived for two hours crying out and even reaching out to her with doctors declining to examine him, has attracted the attention of more than 250,000 women worldwide.

More than 16 months on from losing Jayden in October 2008, Miss Capewell, of George Street, Great Yarmouth, is still focused on raising funds to support her campaign.

Yesterday, she had her hair - “my pride and joy” - cut short and dyed red at the town's Plaitipuss salon to raise £100 in sponsorship, and at 2pm on February 21, families are being invited to take part in a Race for Jayden from Britannia Pier to the Marina Centre.

For an £8 donation, participants will receive a Justice for Jayden T-shirt and an invitation to a family party in the evening.

In the summer, she hopes to release a CD compilation of local musicians, with her singing a poignant track called Never Be Healed.

Miss Capewell, who has a five-year-old daughter Jodie, said: “Running the campaign has its ups and downs. The heart-breaking stories of other women make me relive my own every day - but I am doing it for the right reasons.”

She said her ideal would be for every baby to be examined by doctors, whatever their age, and for parents to be given the information to make their own informed choice on whether to opt for intensive care.

She also wants birth and death certificates to be routinely issued for babies who die under 22 weeks - not currently the case - so parents can organise a funeral to aid their grieving process.

To sign up for the race, call Scott Addy on 0784 1699720.


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