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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Family and friends devastated over young Ulverston mum-to-be’s death

THE sudden death of a pregnant mum-to-be from Ulverston has been described as an “absolute tragedy” by a close family friend.

emergency The North West Air Ambulance at the scene in Ulverston on Saturday after mother-to-be Nicola Wood collapsed

Nicola Wood, who was in her 20s, was heavily pregnant with her first child when she collapsed at the weekend.

Ulverston estate agent Ralph Spours said Mrs Wood’s husband David and his family were devastated and described what happened as “unimaginably horrible”.

He described Mrs Wood as “a lovely girl who was looking forward to becoming a mum”.

The North West Ambulance Service and the North West Air Ambulance were contacted after Mrs Wood collapsed at home at The Orchards, off North Lonsdale Road, in Ulverston on Saturday and later died.

Her baby was delivered and it is understood Mrs Wood’s family were holding a vigil at the baby’s bedside in Royal Preston Hospital.

Mrs Wood’s husband David, who has a brother James, is the stepson of the late John Alcock who founded Tronic in Ulverston, later Expro and now owned by Siemens Subsea, and is the son of Eleanor Alcock.

Mr Wood runs Wood Electrical Contractors Limited in Ulverston.

Mrs Wood, nee Shepherd, married David at St Peter’s Church, in Sawrey, on July 6 last year.

They had bought a farm in Spark Bridge and planned to move there after their first child was born.

Mr Spours, who has been a family friend for more than 30 years, said: “The family are absolutely devastated. They were so excited that they were to become grandparents for the first time.

“It is an unimaginably horrible. An absolute tragedy. I feel so much for the family.

“David and his brother James are both well-respected businessmen. David only got married last year and he was so excited to be becoming a daddy.

“I only met Nicola a couple of times but she was clearly a lovely girl who was looking forward to becoming a mum.

“What has happened is hideous, absolutely hideous.”

Mrs Wood was the daughter of Alan and Patricia Shepherd and grew up in Hawkshead.

The former pupil of John Ruskin School, in Coniston, worked as a shop assistant at Stewardsons Outdoor Clothing in Hawkshead for more than two years and only recently started her maternity leave.

Owner Leigh Stewardson said staff were distraught. He said: “She was a bouncy, happy, smiley, lovely girl. We were really happy for her; she had just got married and was pregnant and just started her maternity four weeks ago.

“We were stunned and standing around staring into space on Sunday. All the staff are shocked.

“You have a shop that runs day-to-day and when she left to have the baby she left a big hole – she leaves an even bigger one now. Her life was just starting and everything was working for her.”

A spokeswoman for the North West Air Ambulance Service said: “We attended an incident at 1.19pm on Saturday in Ulverston. It involved a woman in her 20s with a suspected cardiac arrest.”

Two North West Ambulance Service vehicles were at the scene ahead of the air ambulance.

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