Before we received the post-mortem results, we had a meeting with the A&E consultant who looked after Jessica on the night she died. We wanted to understand a little more about what happened the night she died – particularly as it looked like Jessica still had a heart beat when the paramedics arrived but that she didn’t have a shockable rhythm. We were told that although the monitor did pick up residual electrical activity, Jessica had no pulse when she arrived on A&E. Her heart had already stopped pumping at that point.
We received the results of the genetic tests a few days before the post-mortem results. These tests showed that Michael carries the same deletion that Jessica had and therefore this deletion had no significance with regards to either her heart condition or her death.
Now that we have the post-mortem results, we have been able to register Jessica’s death, which we did a few days after registering Thomas’s birth. We took Thomas to GreenAcres to visit his big sister for his first trip out. As you can imagine, it was a very emotional visit.
Sophie is enjoying being a big sister to Thomas. She is very loving with him and tells us that she loves her baby brother and is proud of him. She had a good role model when it came to how to be a big sister and it certainly seems like she is following in Jessica’s footsteps in that regard. We are sure that Jessica would have also been an amazing big sister to Thomas too. It makes us so sad that we will never get to see it though.
We are hoping to meet with the team in Southampton at some point to discuss the post-mortem results and go through some of the questions we still have. We know that we are unlikely to get any more answers but I think it would still be helpful for us to have that discussion.