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MP backs mum's premature baby campaign

PUBLISHED: 07:14 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 06 July 2010

Yarmouth MP Tony Wright.

Yarmouth MP Tony Wright.

A Norfolk MP has pledged to take up a mother's battle with the Secretary of State for Health and demand changes to medical guidelines on when infants should be given intensive care.

A Norfolk MP has pledged to take up a mother's battle with the secretary of state for health and demand changes to medical guidelines on when infants should be given intensive care.

Since Sarah Capewell told the EDP in September the heartbreaking story of how her premature baby died in her arms after doctors refused to help him because she was only 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy, her Justice for Jayden campaign to help other parents facing the same plight has taken off beyond her wildest dreams.

Her campaign put her in the national television spotlight on the This Morning show with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield and a huge groundswell of public support has led to more than 17,000 people signing her petition on the 10 Downing Street website.

Now Yarmouth MP Tony Wright is backing her calls for a change to medical guidance, which currently advises against babies under 22 weeks' gestation being offered intensive care, and will be seeking a meeting with Andy Burnham.

He said the story of how Miss Capewell's son Jayden had lived for two hours, crying out and even reaching out to her, with doctors declining to examine him or put him in intensive care, raised question marks over adhering to a rigid 22-week limit.

Mr Wright said: "It is quite clear that all the statistics point to a child born under 22 weeks having only a very small chance of survival.

"However, as far as I am concerned, if a baby is born alive, everything should be done to keep them alive or at least ease their suffering."

The intervention of doctors would also reassure mothers that everything possible was being done to help their baby, he added.

Miss Capewell, 23, who lives in Crown Road, Yarmouth, with her grandparents and five-year-old daughter Jodie, is now asking the public to help her give fresh voice to her campaign and is releasing a Christmas musical CD.

Touched by her Justice for Jayden website, a number of unsigned artists and songwriters have offered her songs for the album and a major record company has offered to cut the CD and distribute it at cost price.

Miss Capewell, who will be singing a track called Never Be Healed, said: "I have loved singing since I was four, so it seemed natural to use music to take our campaign to an even wider audience.

"A number of recording profession-als who have listened to the tracks reckon that some could be big hits if they were brought out as singles."

However, to realise her dream of releasing the record to support families who lose premature babies, she must raise £4,100 for the produc-tion costs by the end of the month.

She appealed for people to support two fundraising events she has planned - a fancy dress evening at Caesar's Bar, in Marine Parade, Yarmouth, from 7pm to 2am tomorrow, and a charity show at the Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, at 7.45pm on Friday, October 30.

For tomorrow's event, prizes will be offered for the best fancy dress, and prizes, including a mountain bike and signed Norwich City shirt, have been donated for a raffle.

Next week's variety show will include a vocal performance by Miss Capewell, who impressed in a talent show at the Pavilion Theatre in the summer.

Donations to the campaign can be made via the website www.justice4jayden.webs.com

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