Baby With Rare ‘Easy Bruising’ Condition Reunited With Parents After They Were Falsely Accused Of Shaking Daughter & Causing Brain Damage Baby With Rare ‘Easy Bruising’ Condition Reunited With Parents After They Were Falsely Accused Of Shaking Daughter & Causing Brain Damage
A couple who were suspected of shaking their baby have been reunited with their child after it emerged she has a rare medical condition... Baby With Rare ‘Easy Bruising’ Condition Reunited With Parents After They Were Falsely Accused Of Shaking Daughter & Causing Brain Damage

A couple who were suspected of shaking their baby have been reunited with their child after it emerged she has a rare medical condition which causes “easy bruising”.

Craig Stillwell and Carla Andrews, both 23, spent nine months under investigation after their daughter Effie suffered a bleed on the brain.

Doctors suspected her parents had harmed her, causing brain damage by shaking her, and the baby was taken into care.

But social workers dropped the case against the parents after hearing medical evidence that Effie suffers from a rare disease called EDS IV.

This is the first time a court has considered a child with the condition at a fact finding hearing.

And now Miss Andrews has spoken out, saying: “I just wanted it out in the open that we were found innocent and I don’t really want other parents that may have it to go through the same thing.”

The parents holding their baby girl Effie (Photo: SWNS-Cambridge-+44 (0)1179066550)

Mr Stillwell added: “We have been to hell and back fighting to get our daughter back, it has been every parent’s nightmare.

“Being accused of hurting your baby when your love them more than anything in the world is excruciating.”

The little girl was taken into emergency care last August after her parents rushed her to hospital after she had collapsed and difficulty breathing.

But after an eleven-day hearing at Milton Keynes Famiy Court, Her Honour Judge Venables allowed Buckinghamshire County Council to withdraw the allegations against her parents Carla Andrew and Craig Stillwell.

Effie Stillwell, who was born in spring 2016, is now set to return to live with her parents, and unusually the judge has given permission for the family to be named in the hope of developing knowledge about the EDS IV Syndrome.

Carla Andrews, 23, with her daughter Effie, now 11 months (Photo: SWNS-Cambridge)

During the hearing Miss Andrew was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and tests showed that her daughter also had a form of the condition, making her skin bruise easily, and her blood vessels and organs at risk of rupturing.

Effie was born a month prematurely and her parents regularly called medical services as she often vomited and had problems in digesting her milk, the judge said in a written ruling.

But her father called emergency services on August 15 last year when she became stiff, then floppy, and gasped for air.

Paramedics thought she looked dead, and rushed her to hospital where she was diagnosed with a bleed on the brain.
Effie Stillwell in hospital while she had a bleed on the brain (Photo: SWNS-Cambridge)
Baby Effie pictured in hospital (Photo: SWNS-Cambridge)

Both parents, who are in their twenties, were extremely upset and traumatized, and later that day Det Sgt Wheeler arrested Mr Stillwell on suspicion of actual bodily harm, putting him in an armlock.

Mr Stillwell, who had no criminal records, was later rearrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, and a police investigation remains ongoing, the judge said.

The judge said that EDS was an unpredictable and unique disease, and cited the example of a 13-year-old girl with EDS who died when her uterus ruptured during her first period.
The parents want to raise awareness of their daughter’s condition (Photo: SWNS-Cambridge-+44 (0)1179066550)

Judge Venables said the case was unique, and that the parents made no criticism of the police or professionals involved in the case.

Effie, she said, was a much loved and much wanted baby, who had made a full recovery.

She was a precious baby, adored by both parents, who acted entirely appropriately, and worked openly with doctors when she was admitted to hospital.

Her parents had asked the judge not to keep the judgment private, to allow them to openly take part in the debate and developing knowledge about EDS.

Effie, the judge said, had also been admitted to hospital twice while living with her foster carers, once with a swelling on her head, and a second time when her eyes glazed over and she projectile vomited.

The parents have built up a very good relationship with the foster carers, who are profoundly grateful for the care she has received.

 

Source: Mirror

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Anna Bee

    2017-05-01 #1 Author

    This is a touching and sad story I hope they get there daughter back this story is also alerting and very Informative for other parents who have had or have children with this kinda of condition m

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