Mum is overwhelmed after support over baby ashes scandal

A GRIEVING mum at the centre of the Glasgow baby ashes scandal received a flood of messages of support after speaking out for the first time about her agony.

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Stacey Lamb was overwhelmed by messages of support
Stacey Lamb was overwhelmed by messages of support

Stacey Lamb, 29, was overwhelmed by the response from wellwishers to her distressing story in the Evening Times last week about how she was robbed of her son Daniel's ashes after crematorium staff told her there was nothing left.

Hundreds of readers ­visited her Facebook page to read our heartrending report, and post comforting messages to Stacey.

It also spurred other parents to contact the National Investigation Unit, led by former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini, which was set up last week in the light of Lord Bonomy's Infant Cremation Commission report.

Stacey, from Tollcross, hopes the special team will help to give her some closure and find out what happened to Daniel's ashes.

She said: "It was very painful speaking about what happened to Daniel but I know I did the right thing because I got lots of lovely supportive messages from friends and people I don't even know on my Facebook.

"I put the story and ­photos on my page and hundreds of people went on to read my story. I feel proud and happy that I did speak out and if it encourages even one person to come forward and get help to find out where their baby's ashes have gone then it has all been worth it."

Stacey was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child when she was told he had died in her womb and she faced the nightmare ordeal of giving birth to a stillborn baby.

For 24 hours after the harrowing birth, she cradled her only son Daniel in her arms, telling him stories about the family he would never know and the life he could have had if he had survived.

She carried his tiny white coffin at his funeral at ­Daldowie Crematorium, in Uddingston, as heart-breaking song In the Arms of an Angel played and 50 blue balloons were released in his memory.

After the service she asked for her baby's ashes to keep in a heart-shaped locket around her neck but was told there was nothing left.

Staff insisted the bones of stillborn babies were too fine to survive a cremation so she was sent home to grieve with only a memory box containing his footprint, scan photos, a cuddly toy and the blanket she held him in for comfort.

Daniel died on August 24, 2011, at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow after Stacey suffered an infection in her placenta. He was cremated two weeks later.

She was just coming to terms with her loss and had placed a small gravestone in his memory next to late grandad Thomas Murray at Dalbeth Cemetery when the shock report into the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh was published in April.

Stacey, who has a daughter Kayla, 6, was devastated when "over-whelming evidence" came to light that bones from foetuses as young as 17 weeks survive cremation.

If you have lost a child and want to find out what happened to your baby's ashes go online and fill in this form to have your case investigated at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/Policy/BurialsCremation/NationalInvest...

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