Baby born early to meet dy­ing rel­a­tive

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 An 18-year-old woman had her baby in­duced early so her dy­ing mother could spend her last days with her first grand­child.

Ge­or­gia Wilkins de­scribed it as a “part­ing gift” to Alzheimer’s vic­tim Mandy Wilkins, who cried as she cra­dled the baby boy. Mrs Wilkins, who died a week later aged 43, would never have seen Theo Wilkins-han­ley if her daugh­ter had gone to her due date.

Mrs Wilkins, a mother of three, who was di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s aged 37, had told her daugh­ter she “couldn’t wait to be a nan”. Doc­tors said she would not live to see the birth, so Ms Wilkins and her 19-year-old part­ner, Sean Han­ley, agreed to an in­duced birth two weeks be­fore the due date of Oct 7.

The mid­wife warned the risk was high, but a se­nior con­sul­tant gave the go-ahead. Theo was born on Sept 23 at a hos­pi­tal in Grimsby.

“I al­ways wanted my mum to be a big part of Theo’s life,” Ms Wilkins said. “It was really im­por­tant to me that they got the chance to meet. This was my part­ing gift to mum.”

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