A mother and newborn baby have died after being found ‘unresponsive’ in a Travelodge hotel room. An investigation has been launched.
Paramedics were seen administering CPR after bringing the baby and mother out of the hotel and into several ambulances which were parked outside, Leicestershire Live reports. “They were trying to save their lives while we all stood there helpless to help. It was absolutely heartbreaking,” said a passerby, who asked not to be named.
The incident happened at Leicester City Center Travelodge, Haymarket Shopping Center shortly before 3pm on Thursday March 24. Leicestershire Live reports that they were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary but, despite the efforts of paramedics and doctors, they were both pronounced dead. shortly after their arrival.
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There are four entrances to the 67-room hotel, which opened last year. Two are at Belgrave Gate and one at Humberstone Gate. The main entrance to the hotel, however, is through the mall and its rooftop car park.
A shopper returning to his car after a trip to the city center says he witnessed part of the tragedy as medics battled to save mother and baby – administering CPR to them in the rooftop car park . “It has to be the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever seen,” he said.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he was about to leave the parking lot when he heard sirens in the street below. “I was in the parking lot when suddenly there was a lot of commotion,” he said. “There were paramedics running up the ramp to the multi-storey car park.
“I realized it was because the ambulances couldn’t get to the roof and were still on the street. Other paramedics were coming out of the car park elevators.
“Soon after, I saw several police cars and smaller ambulances coming up to the roof. I didn’t want to bother anyone and there were quite a few other people waiting like me.”
Paramedics used the mall’s elevators to whisk the mother and child to waiting ambulances.
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers were called by the East Midlands Ambulance Service shortly before 3pm yesterday afternoon (March 24) to a hotel in Haymarket Shopping Centre, Leicester. The call was made following a newborn, who had just been delivered to a hotel room and mother and child were unresponsive.
“Officers attended the scene and both were taken to hospital where they were sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival,” she added. “The deaths are not being treated as suspicious, but unexplained, while further investigations are ongoing.”
The eyewitness who witnessed part of the frantic emergency has revealed why he contacted LeicestershireLive. “I just wanted to let people know about the incredible work the emergency services are doing,” he said. “You hear of police and paramedics being abused by people while doing their jobs.
“Their dignity, determination, professionalism and care – even in the most dire circumstances – truly moved me. I have so much admiration for them.
“You don’t really realize what they have to deal with, or have had to deal with, until they get to the next incident – so maybe it’s time they got the respect they deserve.”
Travelodge and the East Midlands Ambulance Service have been contacted for comment.