Mum Left In Coma And Newborn Twins On Life Support After Paramedics Fail To Access Flat

Now her family fear she will never meet her baby daughters as her life-support is due to be switched off in hours.

Babies Melody (left) and Rose might never get to meet their mother

Babies Melody (left) and Rose might never get to meet their mother

A new mum has been left in a coma after she dialled 999, but ambulance crews were unable to get into her flat.

Birmingham City Council have said that all tower blocks are supposed to have emergency access, but an ambulance crew was unable to get to 27 year-old Jocelyn Bennett because she was unable to answer the buzzer.

Jocelyn Bennett was 32 weeks pregnant when she awoke on Wednesday with severe stomach pains. She telephoned the emergency services and and a first response paramedic raced to her address. However, when he reached her apartment block 12 minutes later, Jocelyn was too ill to buzz him in.

It took paramedics half-an-hour to reach Jocelyn; she was too ill to buzz them in

It took paramedics half-an-hour to reach Jocelyn; she was too ill to buzz them in

Ambulance crews tried desperately to call on neighbouring flats to help, but had to wait for the police to arrive half an hour after Jocelyn first called for help. Upon gaining entry to the third-floor flat, it was discovered that Jocelyn’s heart had stopped and she was lying unconscious on the floor.

Jocelyn was rushed to hospital where it was found she had suffered a placental abruption and doctors delivered twins Melody, 4lbs 1oz and Rose, 3lbs, emergency Caesarian section at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

However, both baby girls sustained multiple organ failure and are on life support machines.

Jocelyn’s family have grave feelings about her prognosis. Her father Joe said: “If Jocelyn doesn’t come out of her coma by tomorrow, then they will switch off the life support machines for the babies and she will never get to meet them. It could have all been so different if the ambulance crews could have reached her earlier.”

“The fact that paramedics couldn’t get in was down to the terrible entry system at the building. There needs to be a better way for emergency services to access these flats. Because of this, I will lose my two precious grandchildren and my daughter is fighting for her life. Something needs to be done by the council about this because if there is another emergency, this could happen again.”

Jocelyn Bennett's family fear her life support will be switched off

Jocelyn Bennett’s family fear her life support will be switched off

Joe went on to say that he and his wife have had to make some important decisions: “We decided to have the girls christened and have a Christmas celebration for them before they are taken away from us. We’ve taken lots of pictures for Jocelyn to see when she does wake up. She may not even remember being pregnant as she could have brain damage. But we want her to see what her little girls were like. They are beautiful.”

A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. We have systems to provide emergency access to our blocks for the emergency services and we are investigating what happened in this instance.”

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