Baby photos stolen from KGH ward

An iPad and phone were stolen from the maternity ward at Kettering General Hospital
An iPad and phone were stolen from the maternity ward at Kettering General Hospital
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An iPad and mobile phone which contained precious photos of a premature baby’s first few days were stolen from a hospital bedside.

Clare Fleming, 34, of Kettering, gave birth to son William five weeks prematurely last Tuesday evening at Kettering General Hospital.

The new mum was staying in Rowan ward for several days while William was watched over in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

But last Thursday evening Clare’s iPad Mini, in a purple case, and her Blackberry phone were stolen from her bed while she was in the SCBU.

Clare’s fiancé Mark Buckley, 41, said the couple were devastated by the loss.

He said: “It’s nothing to do with the monetary value of what’s been taken – it’s that the iPad contained all the photos we have of William’s first few days.

“There are photos on there which were taken just hours after he was born that we have now lost.”

William is still in the SCBU where he is being treated for jaundice, although the couple were hoping to bring him home for the first time some time this week.

Mr Buckley said: “Clare had been staying in the hospital for a few days and had been told she could come home on the Thursday.

“She stayed in for an additional evening, which was when the iPad and phone were taken.

“I just can’t believe someone would stoop so low as taking items from a hospital bed.”

William is the couple’s first child and Mr Buckley said apart from jaundice he is very healthy.

The items were stolen some time between 8pm and 10pm on Thursday, September 5.

Anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.