Inquest continues into new mum’s death at Burnley General Hospital

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Uncertainty remains over the death of a mother, just days after she gave birth at Burnley General Hospital.

Building society manager Mrs Jane Whiteside (40) died in a private room at the hospital’s specialist maternity unit on September 25th, 2011, three days after she gave birth to baby Ben.

A four-day inquest at Burnley Town Hall this week heard that her family had been left “concerned and confused” over Mrs Whiteside’s death and had written to East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor voicing their concerns.

The inquest heard that Mrs Whiteside, of Copster Hill Close, Blackburn, had a successful caesarian section under general anaesthetic.

Her eldest child Lucy (7) had been born under ceaserian without any problems.

Her husband, Mr Stephen Whiteside, told the hearing that his wife suffered from scoliosis, which restricted her in certain ways but not to any great extent.

Her mother Mrs Jean Ridehough said she had been concerned about her daughter’s swollen legs adding there was “a lack of attention” from staff at the hospital.

She said: “I came out of work early on the Friday because I was so concerned. No one else seemed to be concerned though.

“On the Saturday she seemed fine. Everyone was extremely happy and looking forward to the future. That was the last time I saw Jane alive.”

The hearing continues.