Mum dies hours after giving birth

Laura Bagshaw AFTER giving birth to her only son Kaye Ellenden proudly cradled her baby in her arms. Tragically, the first few precious moments she spent with her baby son Jack were to be Kaye's last after she died just hours after giving birth, aged 35.

Laura Bagshaw

AFTER giving birth to her only son Kaye Ellenden proudly cradled her baby in her arms.

Tragically, the first few precious moments she spent with her baby son Jack were to be Kaye's last after she died just hours after giving birth, aged 35.

Having suddenly become breathless Kaye lost consciousness and despite vain efforts by doctors, attempts to resuscitate her failed.


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This week her mother Marlene Heenan paid tribute to her daughter describing her as a happy, warm and caring person whose family meant the world to her.

Speaking from her Gorleston home Mrs Heenan, 75, said the family, including Kaye's four daughters and husband Neil, were still desperately trying to come to terms with the devastating and sudden loss of Kaye, founder of twirling group Geminii Majorettes.

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Kaye and Neil only married at Gorleston register office on June 27, a happy day the family are now treasuring in their memories.

Mrs Heenan said: “She was such a fun and happy person, very caring and very warm. Her family came first and whatever they wanted, she would try her best to get for them.

“Kaye had a lovely sense of humour, quite wicked at times, she used to say she got it from me. We feel like we are living in a nightmare but we have got a strong family.”

Kaye and one of her four elder brothers, Terry Lumb, founded Geminii Majorettes 19 years ago, and the group has taken part in many competitions across the country netting hundreds of trophies.

“That was her hobby and she was good at it,” said Mrs Heenan. “She started majorettes when she was 10 and by the time she was 16 she had set up her own group with Terry. She was highly regarded and will be missed.”

The couple were expecting their first child, due on September 6, but Kaye was taken into hospital on August 11 with high blood pressure. On August 14 doctors decided to induce her and Jack was born at 4.15pm that day by emergency caesarean weighing 5lb 1oz. After visiting, Neil returned to the couple's Somerville Road home to catch up on sleep, only to be woken in the early hours of August 15 after Kaye had taken a turn for the worse.

Neil, Mrs Heenan, and Kaye's brother Alan Moore went to the hospital and waited as doctors tried to resuscitate her. Sadly, their hour-long efforts were in vein and Kaye died at 2.30am on August 15 from an embolism on her lung.

She leaves behind her newborn son Jack and four daughters, Jaimee , 17, Stacey, 15, Kirsty, 10, and Ellie, seven, from previous marriages.

Mrs Heenan said her brave granddaughters had been coping remarkably well. She said: “It is really hard for the girls but Jack is helping them cope.

“They will remember her as a loving mum who had all the time in the world for them. They had lots of fun with her and she was a really good mum.

Kaye was born in Bradford and the family moved to Yarmouth when she was nine months, first living in Cobholm before moving to Gorleston. Then known as Kaye Moore, she attended Cobholm Infants School, Edward Worllege School and Oriel High School.

She had also worked at Currys and the Sea Life Centre in Yarmouth.

Kaye's funeral will take place on Thursday, September 3, at Gorleston Crematorium at 11.30am.

Mrs Heenan added: “The funeral is going to be hard for us all. You never expect your daughter to go before you.”

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