Dad’s agony as mum and baby die hours apart

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A MUM died at a hospital just hours after the death of her five-month-old baby.

Viktorija Mardosiene passed away at the Royal Stoke University Hospital at around 5pm on August 9. The 32-year-old collapsed hours after her baby, Kevin Dugutis, died.

It is believed the infant was taken ill in his cot two hours after his bedtime feed at their home in Newcastle-under-Lyme, reports StokeonTrentLive.

Now Viktorija’s relatives are seeking answers after the death of their “healthy” loved-one.

It comes as North Staffordshire’s coroner is “reviewing” Kevin’s death.

Sister Tatjana Abraitiene has today led tributes to Viktorija and Kevin.

Kevin’s dad was too devastated to speak about the loss of his partner and child.

Tatjana, 30, from Silverdale, Lancashire, said: “I said the last goodbye to my nephew. I kissed him and told him I’m so sorry I can’t change anything, it was horrible.

“We waited for this baby for so long and I brought them home from the hospital and saw them all the time. He was really loved and beautiful.

“She was so lovely and like the sun in the day. If somebody was sad she’d find the words to make them happy.

“She was my everything, my other part. I will miss talking to her and going on walks together.

“My daughters miss her so much. They only had one aunt from my side and now she’s gone.”

Viktorija moved to England from her native Lithuania in 2016 before moving to North Staffordshire two years ago.

She leaves a 12-year-old daughter in Lithuania who never got the chance to see her newborn brother.

Tatjana added: “She was really sad and was mourning. She said she wanted to be with him and die.

“Everyone was scared that she would kill herself if she went home so they left her at the hospital. We trusted the NHS and thought they’d look after her.

“Two police officers came to my home later and told me she was dead. I had no words.

“It has been a month since they died and the hospital still has no answers. I just need to know exactly what happened.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service attended Viktorija’s Dunkirk home at 12.42am on August 9. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “We found a baby in a critical condition. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support on scene and en-route to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The circumstances of the baby’s death are being reviewed by the coroner.”

Royal Stoke chief nurse Ann-Marie Riley said: “We offer our condolences to the family of Viktorija Mardosiene.

“We cannot comment on any individual case for patient confidentiality reasons and would ask her family to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Team who can look into any concerns raised about her care.”

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