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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Family devastated by death of Ulverston mum-to-be Nicola and her baby

THE family of a young mother-to-be who died suddenly and whose baby has also died, have described the loss as an “absolute tragedy”.

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kind and caring Nicola Wood, 28, of Ulverston, who died after collapsing at home SUBMITTED by the family

Nicola Wood, 28, of The Orchards in Ulverston, died on Saturday May 3 after collapsing at the home she shared with her husband, David Wood.

The couple’s baby, Charlotte Rose, was later delivered but passed away on Friday May 9 in the Sharoe Green unit at Preston Royal Hospital.

Mr Wood, who owns Turton and Wood Electrical Contractors Ltd in Ulverston, described his wife, who he married at Sawrey Church on July 6 last year, as “perfect”. He said: “She was so kind and caring.” Mr Wood said the time the family had spent with Charlotte Rose at Preston Hospital had been “so short but so precious”.

Mrs Wood, who grew up near Hawkshead, was a former pupil at John Ruskin School, Coniston.

She worked at Stewardsons Outdoor Clothing in Hawkshead, before recently starting her maternity leave. Staff at the company described her as a “happy, smiley, lovely girl”.

Mrs Wood’s parents, Alan and Patricia Shepherd, described their daughter and granddaughter as “two beautiful girls who will live on in our hearts forever”.

Mr Wood’s mother, Eleanor Alcock, said the loss of the two was “devastating”.

She said: “Nicola was the loveliest girl anyone could ever meet and Charlotte was just so perfect and beautiful.”

The family have paid tribute to the staff at both Furness General Hospital and Preston Royal Hospital, along with the emergency services, who Mr Wood said had done “a wonderful job”.

The double funeral of Mrs Wood and Charlotte Rose is due to take place on Tuesday at Sawrey Church.

The collection at the service will be divided between the baby units at Furness General Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital.

Mr Wood said: “I don’t want anyone to have to go through such a tragedy. The hospitals couldn’t have done any better or any more for us than they did.”

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