Health check on babies improved

Health check on babies improved

Leicester Mercury | July 18, 2011

A mum whose baby daughter died from a rare genetic disorder has succeeded with her campaign to bring in a training programme for health visitors.

Lucy Wright’s daughter Georgia died from muscle condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), aged seven months, in August 2008.

Since then, her mum, of Melton, has worked with a charity to urge NHS trusts to bring in training for health visitors which would help them to identify the condition earlier.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which is responsible for health visitors in the county, is believed to be the first organisation in the country to bring in the training.

Lucy, 30, said: “If the training had been in place when Georgia was born, her condition might have been diagnosed earlier and it would have given her more quality of life in the time we had with her.

“I am pleased my campaign for the extra training in Leicestershire and Rutland has been a success but my work continues.

“I would like to see it introduced in every primary care trust in the country.”

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