Lucy Kidd, 15, told how her newborn baby Harper was sent to a hospital 35 miles from her Stoke-on-Trent home due to a shortage of beds - even though she is too young to drive
A 15-year-old mother has told how her newborn baby was sent to a hospital 35 miles from her Stoke-on-Trent home due to a shortage of beds - even though she is too young to drive.
Lucy Kidd said she missed out on the first few weeks of little Harper’s life after the desperately-ill 2lb 3oz tot was transferred to another hospital in Shropshire.
The youngster had been born prematurely by emergency C-section at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on September 27.
But two days after the birth, Lucy was told that Harper would be switched to The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford as there were not enough beds at Royal Stoke.
Lucy said she was assured by her consultant that she would also be able to stay with Harper at the hospital in a family room, but when she got to Telford there were none available.
With Lucy still too young to hold a driving licence and four buses needed to get there by public transport, she had to rely on her father for lifts.
At one point the family were going to stage a protest outside Royal Stoke's maternity unit before Harper was finally moved back.
Lucy, from Stoke-on-Trent, said: 'When Harper was two days old the consultant woke me up at midnight and told me that Harper would be moved to Telford because Royal Stoke was too full to have her and she will have to stay there until December 10.
Harper (pictured) had been born prematurely by emergency C-section at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on September 27
'I was discharged the next day from Royal Stoke and the consultant promised that I would have a family room at Telford Hospital where I could stay with Harper.
'But when I got there they said there were no family rooms available. Telford hospital was really good, trying to get us in the family room on the odd days but they couldn't have us every day.
'The hospital booked us a hotel for the odd nights but otherwise we had to travel there and back.
'My dad has had to give up some work in Scotland to bring us to and from the hospital every day because he's the only one who drives in the family. It's an 70-mile round trip and it cost him a lot in petrol, parking and food.
'In just two weeks my dad did 2,000 miles in his car. The family have been helping each other out but it's been really difficult, it's horrible. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.'
Harper was born at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, close to where her mother lives in Sandford Hill. But she was moved to The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, an hour-and-a-half away
Two days after Harper