Inquest to begin into 'devastating' death of Leeds couple's baby, just half an hour after her birth

The grieving parents of a baby girl pronounced dead less than 30 minutes after her birth have spoken of how they hope an upcoming inquest will provide them with answers regarding her death.
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Fiona Winser-Ramm, 34, and her husband Daniel, 36, from Leeds, were 41 weeks into their first pregnancy when Fiona was booked in for an induced labour. Hours before the planned induction, her contractions began spontaneously.

Fiona, who lives with polycystic ovarian syndrome, was 11 days over her due date when she was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary on December 30, 2019.

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After being born, baby Aliona failed to respond to resuscitation, and was pronounced dead on January 1, 2020, aged 27 minutes.

Fiona and Daniel during Fiona's pregnancy.Fiona and Daniel during Fiona's pregnancy.
Fiona and Daniel during Fiona's pregnancy.

Katie Warner, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Fiona and Daniel, said: “Both Fiona and Daniel have spent almost three years struggling to come to terms with something that no parent should have to deal with; the loss of their baby girl so suddenly and under such tragic circumstances.

“While nothing can ever make up for their devastating loss we’re determined to support Fiona and Daniel throughout the inquest to help provide them with all of the answers they deserve.”

Fiona and Daniel met in 2010 and married in 2018. Fiona worked as a primary school teacher and Daniel was a sports development officer.

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Both have struggled to return to work in the aftermath of Aliona’s death.

Fiona said: “I always knew that conceiving would be more difficult for me, but becoming parents was something both Daniel and I wanted more than anything, so we sought help as soon as we got married.

“To our absolute amazement, I fell pregnant naturally. After spending years caring for other people’s children, I was delighted that I would be able to care for one of my own.

“When Aliona was born, Daniel and I eagerly waited to hear her cry but it never came. We were told she had died and I still remember the gut-wrenching feeling of that moment.”

An inquest into Aliona’s death is due to take place at Wakefield Coroner’s Court from 12 to 14 December