Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tragic Teen Kelly Was Always Smilling and Looking Forward to Being a Mum. Now She Lies Together Forever with Precious Son Harley

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tragic Teen Kelly Was Always Smilling and Looking Forward to Being a Mum. Now She Lies Together Forever with Precious Son Harley

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Byline: JOHN SUTTON

A TEENAGE mum who died the day after her baby was stillborn will never be forgotten, her grieving family said today.

Kelly Walmsley, of Westerton Green, Stockton, passed away the day after son Harley was delivered at 29 weeks.

Mother and baby are now buried together in Durham Lane cemetery -where the family visits the 18-year-old and the little one every day.

Mum Lesley Fenwick, 37, said: "Everything had been going well as far as her pregnancy was concerned.

"A few days before she died, Kelly had an appointment with the midwife and everything appeared fine and normal.

"The only thing giving her any trouble was swollen feet, like everybody gets."

Kelly was looking forward to becoming a mother. Baby equipment had been bought. She and boyfriend Jonathan Moore were looking for a house together. Kelly's Facebook profile picture was an ultrasound scan of Harley in the womb.

But on Monday, April 5, a bright and optimistic future took a tragic turn.

Kelly was round at 17-year-old Jonathan's house in Rievaulx Close, Roseworth, and returned home in the evening.

Her dad Vincent, 40, who works at Warburtons, told how he was woken by his daughter crying in pain.

He said: "I heard her crying. She'd got up and gone downstairs and was in a lot of pain."

The family took Kelly the few hundred yards to the University Hospital of North Tees.

She was admitted with "sky high" blood pressure, and medics realised baby Harley had died.

A Caesarean section was performed early on April 6. Kelly had developed pre-eclampsia. Blood pressure rises sharply and the only cure is to deliver the baby.

Kelly suffered fits following the operation, then a brain haemorrhage. She died on April 7.Jonathan and Kelly had been together for three years, and even though the pregnancy came as a shock, the young couple were preparing for their life as parents.

Jonathan said: "I was looking forward to becoming a dad. It was something I wanted to do, and now it's all changed. Family and friends have been really supportive, and I want to thank them for that. …

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