December 7, 2021

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New mums praise Liverpool Women’s Hospital as 150 babies delivered in week since terror attack

New mothers and patients at Liverpool Women’s Hospital have praised staff for continuing to provide quality care as it was revealed more than 150 babies have been delivered since last week’s terror attack.

Patients were initially diverted to neighbouring hospitals after Emad al-Swealmeen, 32, a passenger in a taxi, detonated a bomb outside the hospital just before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

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Since the blast, members of the public have expressed their gratitude and support for the healthcare staff who have cared for women and babies.

Local residents have brought drinks to officers stationed outside the hospital and delivered gifts to workers.

A mum-of-one from Bootle told i she “could not fault” any member of staff at the hospital and was pleased positive accounts were being highlighted.

Leanne, 34, who has been a fertility treatment patient at the hospital for two years, gave birth to her son last month.

She said: “I could not fault any member of staff, from the lads on the door to the surgeons who delivered my son. You’ve heard over the years the negative about the hospital, I’m happy the positive stories are now coming out, it’s just sad that it took something like to for the hospital to be recognised for the amazing place that it is.”

Leanne, who has not been back to the hospital since the blast, said she’s heard how great healthcare workers have been in the wake of the attack.

“A few groups I am a part of have mentioned how amazing the staff were on the day and ensuring treatment continued ASAP. Most people going through fertility treatment have already had a delay due to Covid so for something else to delay it again would have been devastating,” she said.

On Facebook, dozens of patients have shared their positive experiences of the treatment they received at the hospital in the past week.

One expectant mum who had a scan at the hospital one day after the explosion said the care she received was “phenomenal”.

Another commenter said her 92-year-old mum’s life had been saved as a scheduled operation to treat cancer still took place.

An open letter published on Sunday by city leaders celebrated Liverpool’s track record of pulling together in the face of hardship and tragedy.

“This is an area defined by its friendliness, kindness and spirit of togetherness and we are immensely grateful for the patience and understanding shown by residents (whilst police investigations continue) but not at all surprised,” the letter signed by Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson, Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy, Merseyside Police, and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said.

It revealed: “Since last Sunday the hospital has delivered more than 150 babies and provided specialist care for more than 60 babies on the neo-natal unit, bringing much joy to many families, and they have been overwhelmed with thousands of messages of support and kindness from the public.”

Leanne said the support shown by the community was to be expected.

“It would take a lot more than that to stop the people of this city. The support for the driver of the taxi and his family has been lovely but I’m not shocked by it. That’s what scousers are like.”

Counter terrorism police continue to lead the investigation into the attack and locals are being encouraged to “be vigilant and be safe”.