A woman who suffered a miscarriage claims she was forced to wait in A&E for three hours with her dead baby in her handbag. Tammy Anderson, 33, was told to bring her son’s body into hospital when she rang midwives to inform them about what had happened. The traumatised mum-of-two ended up sitting in a crowded waiting room with the corpse of her baby – named Archie – beside her.
Tammy and her partner Shaun Hammond, 44, discovered they were expecting their first child Archie in April. The following month the wedding and events planner suffered a bleed and contacted midwives at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, Essex. They told the devastated mum that she had miscarried over the phone but this was not confirmed by tests or scans. On June 13 she suffered the traumatic ordeal of delivering Archie at her home in Dagenham, Essex.
Tammy immediately phoned Queen’s Hospital and was told a midwife would come to her home, but several hours later she received a call informing her that she should take Archie – born at 15 weeks – to hospital herself. Tammy said: “It was a horrific three hours, which I will never, ever forget. I had Archie wrapped in a blanket inside my handbag because I couldn’t face seeing him. After such a traumatic experience all I wanted was be at home with my children, not in a public place. “