‘Unimaginable pain and loss’ of Halesowen couple after premature baby’s death

One couple describes the devastating pain and loss they feel after their premature daughter died four days after the birth.

Tiny Riva Dolson was supposed to be born on Christmas Day but she arrived on November 28 after an emergency caesarean. Reeva died four days later at Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Tests are still being done to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Taylor Dolson and Naomi Turton, who have been together for three years, want to share their daughter’s sad story to help other couples.

Taylor took 26-year-old Naomi, a teaching assistant, to the Russell Hall Hospital in Dudley on November 27 after baby Riva had little movement.

Taylor Dolson and Naomi Turton who lost their daughter Riva three days after her birth.

Examined by doctors and the couple went back to their home in Helsven.

But the next day, Naomi feared less movement and was taken back to Russell Hall Hospital.

Further investigation was done and it was then revealed that Reeva was in a breech position and an emergency caesarean section was performed.

Taylor Dolson and Naomi Turton lost their daughter Riva three days after the birth.  Picture with Naomi's son Chase
Taylor Dolson and Naomi Turton lost their daughter Riva three days after the birth. Picture with Naomi’s son Chase

She delivered on the evening of 28 November and was immediately transferred to a specialist neonatal unit at Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

But Rewa’s condition kept deteriorating and she died after four days despite lakhs of doctors’ efforts.

The postmortem of his body has been done and the couple are waiting to ascertain the cause of death.

Taylor, 30, an electrical engineer, told Birmingham Live: “I can’t explain the pain and loss when you lose a baby. Reeva was my first child. I have a stepson, Chase.

“It was just heartbreaking. You plan for months and expect to finally meet him and then it ends so brutally.

“Naomi is a teaching assistant but is taking some time off now as she is trying to come to terms with what happened.

Taylor Dolson and Naomi Turton who lost their daughter Riva three days after her birth.
Taylor Dolson and Naomi Turton who lost their daughter Riva three days after her birth.

“I would like to say that the medical staff after Reeva’s birth were fantastic and especially the midwives at Russell Hall Hospital. The doctors and nurses at New Cross Hospital in the neonatal unit were incredible.

“I wanted to raise awareness and tell other moms that if they feel less movement please go to the hospital. Don’t take any risks.

“I don’t want other parents to go through what we’re going through.”

Naomi said: “They should not classify any pregnancy as low risk because things can change so quickly. More scans would be beneficial.”

Taylor’s friend Richie Ball has set up a GoFundMe page to help the couple. £1,090 has been raised so far. Click to view page Here

Her friend Richie posted: “This funding page has been established in support of our friend Taylor and her beloved partner Naomi following the heartbreaking death of their baby girl, Riva.

“Reeva was born poorly and sadly she lost her life after just 3 days.

“Please donate what you can to help support Taylor and Naomi. We hope the money raised can be used to ease the pressures they are undoubtedly facing in their lives through this terrible Experiencing through time. Taylor and Naomi – we’re all thinking of you.”

Taylor thanked people for donating and said that he would use some of the money to donate to both the hospitals looking after Rewa.

He also wanted to thank the company he worked for Elegance Solutions Ltd in Helsven, which he gave to him and Naomi.

He continued: “He has not only paid my entire salary during my vacation, but has sent flowers and special gifts to help us remember Riva, Christmas gifts for Chase and an endless amount of messages and phone calls. Call us to check if we need anything. An absolutely remarkable company to work for.”

His last rites will be performed next Thursday, January 13 at 11 am at Stourbridge crematorium.

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