My princess went asleep but never woke up. I may never know why Mum plans respite home trib­ute

Daily Record - - IAN BLACKFORD - BY SALLY HIND [email protected]­

A MUM whose daugh­ter died in her sleep when she was 14 weeks preg­nant says she has come to terms with the fact she may never know what killed her.

Jac­que­line San­der­son says she wants to re­mem­ber 22-year-old Rosanna as “the true princess she was” af­ter pathol­o­gists failed to find an­swers four months af­ter her death.

Mum-to-be Rosanna was found dead in her bed in Clark­ston, near Glas­gow, in Septem­ber by Jac­que­line, who had gone to check on her.

The fam­ily dis­cov­ered af­ter her death that the baby was a girl.

With a post­mortem in­con­clu­sive, pathol­o­gists said it could take up to 12 weeks to pin­point the cause of Rosanna’s death.

But de­spite hav­ing no an­swers, Jac­que­line says she has found peace in the fact that her daugh­ter died at her hap­pi­est.

She said: “Rosanna died the true princess she was. She went to bed, went to sleep and never woke up. That’s the only way I can ac­cept it.

“We don’t know why. They can’t find an an­swer. It was noth­ing to do with the preg­nancy. But we’re no fur­ther for­ward four months down the line and I don’t think I’ll ever get clo­sure now.

“I want peo­ple to re­mem­ber what a beau­ti­ful girl she was and it gives me peace that she went with her baby, which was all she ever wanted.

“Yes, it’s sad I never got to meet my first grand­daugh­ter Lilly – but she didn’t go by her­self.”

Hair­dresser Rosanna was found dead by her mum and the fa­ther of her baby, her for­mer part­ner of four years Oliver. She had texted her mum and phoned Oliver af­ter wak­ing in the early hours but made no men­tion of feel­ing ill, though she had pre­vi­ously com­plained of pins and nee­dles and sore legs.

Since her death, Jac­que­line has lis­tened to an NHS 24 call her daugh­ter made com­plain­ing of feel­ing numb from her el­bow to her armpit a few weeks be­fore she died.

But it is not thought to have per­sisted and her cause of death is still in­con­clu­sive.

Jac­que­line said: “The fis­cal came back to re­as­sure me the pathol­o­gists are try­ing to find an an­swer but noth­ing is show­ing up at all.

“March 8 would have been her due date. I find it hard to even imag­ine what she would look like now as she would be heav­ily preg­nant and due to have her pre­cious wee girl in eight weeks time. But she wouldn’t want me to fall apart so I need to pick my­self up for her sake.”

Jac­que­line is em­bark­ing on a crowd­fund­ing mis­sion to try and give other griev­ing fam­i­lies respite by buy­ing a mo­bile home for them to use at a Scot­tish beauty spot.

She has been fundrais­ing for “Rosie’s Lit­tle Haven”.

She added: “I just want it to be some­where peo­ple can go at that dif­fi­cult time. It is so im­por­tant to have that time and it will be some­thing pos­i­tive that can con­tinue in Rosanna and Lilly’s name.”

PREG­NANT Rosanna with Jac­que­lineMYS­TERY Pathol­o­gists are still try­ing to pin­point Rosanna’s cause of death

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