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Mum's agonising wait for answers about unborn child's death

Emma Green is seeking answers after she was repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital only for her unborn son to die in her womb.
Emma Green is seeking answers after she was repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital only for her unborn son to die in her womb. Sarah Harvey

SIX weeks after losing their unborn baby, Emma Green and Eldean Blake still don't know why little Waylon died, and fear investigations will fail to find anybody responsible.

In May, the mum-to-be was repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital in a week-long ordeal that ended with the death of her baby in the womb.

The pain of losing their unborn baby is still fresh for Ms Green, who grew up in Ipswich and attended St Mary's College, and her partner Mr Blake.

They both find it hard to stay at their Gladstone home, with little Waylon's nursery.

"I've felt pretty much the same since it started," Ms Green said.

Emma Green and her mother Jane Green are still waiting for answers over Emma's son's death.
Emma Green and her mother Jane Green are still waiting for answers over Emma's son's death. Sarah Harvey

She is currently in Ipswich for her mum's 50th birthday. But what was meant to be a joyous occasion is now coloured by the tragedy, according to Emma's aunt Sue Bishop.

"We were meant to be queuing up to hold Waylon," she said.

"Our family has been robbed, we will never recover."

Mr Blake has been on leave without pay since Waylon's death in May, while Ms Green is on maternity leave.

On June 23, Ms Green met with an investigating doctor, commissioned by Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.

The family is waiting for an official finding.

She said the initial investigation found several instances of poor process and failure in duty of care causing great distress.

But she said the investigation so far did not link these issues to the death of her baby.

Ms Green said it was heartbreaking.

"We find it very wrong," Ms Green said. "I want the blame laid on Rockhampton Hospital.

"It's not the official finding yet. Hopefully it may change as investigations continue."

Ms Bishop said the family had a long battle ahead.

"We want to know what on earth happened, who is to blame, and how do we stop it happening again," she said.

"We want justice... someone needs to be held accountable and disciplinary action needs to be taken."

Queensland Health and Mr Springborg's office both said their investigations were continuing.

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