Lauren Goodger wants a post-mortem be carried out on her baby daughter as she desperately searches for the child’s cause of death.
The TV personality is still picking up the pieces after baby Lorena, her second child with partner Charles Drury, died suddenly on July 8, moments after being born ‘without complications.’
Lauren, 35, is now pushing for a full investigation into her death as the couple come to terms with their daughter’s devastating loss.
The former TOWIE star revealed she was rushed to hospital while in labour at home when her midwife couldn’t detect a heartbeat in her unborn child.
Heartbreakingly, Lauren told how when Lorena was born she ‘looked like she was sleeping’ and she thought her baby daughter would ‘wake up’.
Devastated: Lauren Goodger wants a post-mortem be carried out on her baby daughter as she desperately searches for the child’s cause of death (pictured last week)
Speaking to The Sun in her first interview since the tragedy, she insists clarification is needed regarding what happened to Lorena for her own peace of mind.
‘They think her oxygen may have been restricted because she had two knots in her cord but normally babies can still get enough oxygen despite this,’ she explained.
‘This is why I am having an autopsy. I need to understand medically how she died for my own sanity.’
Lauren had planned for a natural water birth, to be carried out at her Essex home under the supervision of her midwife Tamzin – who had previously delivered the TV personality’s first child Larose.
Devastating: In a statement, Lauren said the couple’s child was born ‘without complications’ prior to her death on July 8
Her waters broke on July 6 and initial vitals were normal, with Lauren deemed ‘low risk’ after giving birth to her first child without issue.
Further tests were carried out the following day, during which the unborn child’s heartbeat was detected, but when her contractions began on day three the heart was no longer beating, and Lauren was rushed to hospital.
Following a two hour birth more than ten doctors desperately fought to save Lorena by performing chest compressions and administering adrenalin, but to no avail.
She recalled: ‘Charlie was in pieces, he was screaming, “Please save my baby.” I was in shock. My midwife was with me and she said, “She will be fine.” I thought she would be alright.
‘I thought they’d found a heartbeat but they told me they hadn’t. I am not sure why they said she had one, maybe it was just a movement or from the adrenaline.
‘It was awful. I sat in my bloodied sheets for four hours. They asked me if I wanted to shower and I said yes, but I just couldn’t move. I just sat there in shock.’
Tragic: Her second daughter with her boyfriend Charles Drury tragically died moments after she was born
Television personality Lauren revealed the heartbreaking news her newborn baby had died earlier this month.
Taking to Instagram to share a picture of Lorena touching her hand, Lauren wrote that she ‘can’t understand’ why her daughter has passed away after she went through pregnancy and labour without complications, adding that she and partner Charles have been left ‘broken’ by the tragedy.
Lauren wrote: ‘Lorena [angel emoji] R.I.P 08.07.22 she was the most beautiful healthy baby I’ve ever seen just like her sister @babylarose.x …
‘Words can’t describe as a mother losing your baby that I carried for all these months perfectly and gave birth too for my angel to be taken from me [angel emoji].
‘There was no pregnancy or labour complications and she was fine & healthy but I am not going into detail right now just know that there was nothing wrong with her or myself she was perfect.
‘I can’t understand it she is so so beautiful Larose twin so similar.. I am broken [heartbreak emoji].’
Sad news: Lauren’s partner Charles paid tribute to his late newborn daughter writing on Instagram: ‘Your little heart will forever beat inside mine’
Lauren admitted she will ‘never ever get over’ the tragic loss of her daughter and requested time and space to grieve while focusing her attention on her elder child.
She continued: ‘I am back home from hospital. Me & Charlie spent as much time with our baby girl Lorena and I haven’t said my goodbye yet [heartbreak emojis].
‘Please can I ask photographers to respect our privacy right now as we have a lot of grieving to do and funeral organising that I just need this time & with my baby girl Larose she is my rock that’s getting me through this or I wouldn’t survive…
‘I will never ever get over this but I will learn how to live everyday with Lorena in my heart she will be with me always and I will be with her again one day…
‘My [angel emoji] Lorena I love you so much [heartbreak emoji](sic).’
Her partner Charles Drury paid tribute to his late newborn daughter soon after.
Charles, who raises 11-month old daughter Larose with Lauren, took to his Instagram later in the day, writing: ‘Your little heart will forever beat inside mine.’
Charles wrote: ‘Lorena Drury – 8/7/22.
‘Our beautiful baby girl so perfect in every way, 8/7/22 will always be your day. Your little heart will forever beat inside mine, I’ll love you until the end of time.
‘You remind me so much like your big sister, you’d have looked like little twins, Larose will always know how beautiful & strong you were.
Parents: Lauren and Charles are parents to Lauren’s first daughter Larose, with Charles saying their newborn looked just like her older sister
‘I promise you I’ll look after your mummy & sister forever, just look over us all & keep me strong, show me signs that you’re up in heaven where you belong. I’m sorry it had to be this way but I know we’ll be together again some day.’
‘This isn’t something I thought I’d ever have to write but I’m so proud to be your daddy, I’ll see you soon baby girl but for now sleep tight.’
Lauren revealed she was expecting her second child in January, just days after it was revealed she had kicked partner Charles out of the family home following his fling with another woman.
Speaking to OK! magazine about her pregnancy, Lauren admitted the exes were debating whether to keep the baby.
She said: ‘We weren’t very careful and Charlie was really pleased, but being honest I was really in two minds about it. I was like, “I’m just getting myself back together – I’m going back to square one. Is this fair?” You get real mum guilt].
‘A lot went through my mind which is why I’ve held out a bit longer until I’ve announced it. Charlie was like, “I really want this baby.” And I said, “So do I.” I made the decision to go ahead with it and I’m so glad I did.”‘
Lauren and Charles split in November, months after their baby daughter was born, but reconciled three weeks later. They then split again in January before coming together once more in April.
She added: ‘We had that little break [in November] and he came back and was like, “You’re not having a termination – I want this family.”
‘I knew deep down I was going to go ahead with it, but I was scared. I’ve got to think of Larose too.’
Explaining how she found out she was expecting just eight weeks after giving birth to Larose, Lauren said: ‘I hadn’t had a period for quite a few weeks, my nipples were killing me and when I was breastfeeding the pain was unbearable.
‘I thought, “I bet you I’m pregnant!” I did a test and it said positive.’
Charles added that his time apart from Lauren made him realise what he was missing and that going to therapy helped him mature from a ‘boy to a man.’
The couple’s whirlwind romance first came to light in October 2020 when Lauren teased she was dating a mystery man, who was soon to be identified as Charles.
They announced they were expecting their first child together just three months after going public with their relationship.
The news came as she mourned the death of her ex-boyfriend Jake McClean who was killed after his car careered off the road in Turkey earlier this month, leaving passenger and close friend Yazmin Oukhellou seriously injured.
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Turmoil: The news ame amid a heartbreaking time for the former TOWIE star, who is mourning the death of her ex-boyfriend Jake McClean