IN the minutes after Kimberley Rodger learned the baby she’d been carrying for 18 weeks was dead, her first instinct was to protect her three-year-old son.
Reeling from the loss, she appealed to the midwife to tell her how to break the news to Leo, who’d been beside himself with excitement about becoming a big brother.
It was on April 16 this year when, due to Covid restrictions, Kimberley had to attend a routine midwife appointment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary without fiance Jason McCutcheon.
Having spent much of her pregnancy in hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum – severe morning sickness which caused her to vomit up to 60 times a day – she told the midwife she hadn’t experienced the burst of energy she’d enjoyed after the sickness eased while she was carrying Leo.
For peace of mind, her consultant suggested a scan – but he couldn’t find a heartbeat.
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October 7, 2020