‘I heard my baby’s last breath as she died during breastfeeding’


A heartbroken mother heard her baby’s “last breath” as she was being breastfed in the early hours of the morning.

The tragic 17-day-old tot “suddenly went floppy” in the arms of mother Farah Rashid, an inquest heard.

She called 999 who told her to start performing CPR on her baby girl Noor-ul-ain.

The inquest was told that the mother-of-three, 33, started to see blood trickle from her child’s nose, reports Wales Online.

The girl – born premature at 5lb 7oz – was pronounced dead later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Mum Farah said: “I was feeding my daughter and when she stopped I started to wind her like I normally do.

University Hospital of Wales
Tragedy: The girl was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff

“She’d had less milk than usual but I wasn’t worried. Then as she was on my knee she suddenly went floppy, her skin felt cold.

“I tried to bring her round while I rang my husband and when he didn’t answer I called an ambulance.

“It was so frightening – my other two girls were asleep and I was giving my baby CPR.

“When I was giving CPR I heard her make a gasping sound and for a second I thought she was going to be okay.

“Then at the hospital doctors told me she had died and I knew that sound was her last breath.”

Little Noor was born at 37 weeks at the University Hospital of Wales on April 2 this year.

An inquest heard how the little girl was doing “very well” when last visited by a midwife on April 15.

But the baby girl died in the early hours of April 19 after suffering from bleeding in her lungs. Police investigated but ruled out anything suspicious.

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Cardiff coroner Andrew Barkley recorded an open verdict after hearing her cause of death could not be pinpointed.

After the hearing, Farah, of Roath, Cardiff, said: “The support we have had as a family is so humbling – I want to thank so many people for their kind help.

“For a long time I couldn’t take in what had happened.

“I fed Noor-ul-ain myself and we were in a good routine but when she passed away that routine went too. It all felt so strange, not real.

“I take comfort knowing that she died at home and that I did everything I could.

“I was with her the whole time and even though her life was short she was a precious gift from God.

“Her death has given me a new outlook in life. I feel now that I am a truer and more honest person and although she is gone I still have so much to be thankful for.”

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