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Pain of losing unborn baby forces couple to leave home

Emma Green is seeking answers after she lost her baby after being repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital in May.
Emma Green is seeking answers after she lost her baby after being repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital in May. Sarah Harvey

THE pain of losing their unborn baby has forced Emma Green and Eldean Blake to leave Gladstone to start a new life in Ipswich.

The mum-to-be lost little Waylon in the womb in May, after she was repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital.

Two months on, the ordeal has torn the young couple's lives apart, according Emma's aunt Sue Bishop.

"Financially they are unofficially bankrupted as neither Emma or her partner are in any state to return to work," Ms Bishop said.

She said the couple had made the decision to resign from their jobs and move to Ipswich, where Emma's mother lives, for support and cheaper housing.

"Early this week Emma and Eldean said goodbye to Gladstone and some very cruel memories," Ms Bishop said.

"They will relocate to Ipswich where Emma grew up and went to school to try and rebuild some kind of life," she said.

"This has completely wrecked their lives. They lost their first child, their jobs and their home."

Ms Bishop said the couple haven't even had a chance to mourn as they continued to fight for answers about why they lost their baby boy.

"It's all been about fighting for justice and getting to the bottom of how this all happened," she said.

The family is expected to receive the official finding from an investigation commissioned by Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg on Thursday.

Last month an investigating officer said the initial investigation found several instances of poor process and failure in duty of care causing great distress.

But the investigation at that point did not link these issues to the death of Ms Green's baby.

And in parliament last week Mr Springborg promised Ms Green and her family could view the official report.

Ms Bishop said she didn't expect the battle to be over once they received the findings. She said she felt the report wouldn't link poor process and failure in duty of care to the baby's death.

But Ms Bishop believes she has sufficient evidence to dispute the outcome, if this is the case.

"I can show theses things did cause the baby's death; that he died waiting too long," Ms Bishop said. "I think we will be half-way there," she said.

"It will be the start I need to take this to another level."

She hopes the couple's move to Ipswich will give them the time and space they need to grieve.

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