Devastated mum hits out after stairs tragedy

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A DISTRAUGHT young mum claims she lost her unborn baby just days after falling down a flight of stairs.

Jodie Gray (19) was making her way down the stairs in the communal close in Kirkintilloch when she slipped.

Despite initially feeling okay, she later started to get pains in her tummy and her back and went to accident and emergency at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Jodie, who was nine weeks into her pregnancy, was sent home to rest and went back for a scan two days later.

It was then she was given the devastating news that her baby had no heartbeat.

Jodie believes that the fall down the stairs, on February 22, was to blame for the miscarriage.

She claims she had contacted East Dunbartonshire Council several times to complain about water accumulating on the stairs, but nothing was done.

Jodie, who lives in Townhead, said: “It’s been devastating. I had a missed miscarriage and because I had no bleeding my body was still saying I was pregnant, but the baby didn’t have a heartbeat.

“I felt sick and angry with the council. It was after I fell down the stairs the pain started, everything was fine up until then.

“The night before my fall I had picked out a pram I wanted on the Internet.”

Jodie, who has a two-year-old son, Craig, added: “The close stairs are tiled and when it rains it’s very slippy. I complained to the council loads of times and nothing has been done.”

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “We have not formally been informed of this tenant’s situation and of course offer our sympathies to her.

“However, we would like to make clear the reasons we believe water is gathering in the close. During the past six months, two windows have been broken due to vandalism, which the council repaired.

“Following an inspection of the close in December, officers replaced a door and resealed another, which was allowing water in.”

She added: “It was also noted by officers, however, that whenever they have attended the property to make repairs, the doors are regularly wedged open.

“This, of course, will mean that during bad weather it is inevitable that rain will gather in the close and in turn make the stairs slippery.”

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