Woman finds remains of baby following 40 year search

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A woman from Birmingham who spent 40 years searching for her baby’s grave – has found she was buried just minutes from her home.

Veronica Thompson thought for years that her daughter Theresa’s remains had been cremated after she died, aged just four days, in 1973.

Veronica was not told for four decades that the premature baby was instead laid to rest in a public grave at Brandwood Cemetery, close to her Kings Heath home .

The reality only emerged when Veronica began investigating following a scandal over the unauthorised use of babies’ body parts in medical research.Veronica said:

Theresa was born prematurely at the former Sorrento Maternity Hospital in Moseley. Credit: BPM.

Theresa was born prematurely at the former Sorrento Maternity Hospital in Moseley .Veronica, aged 60, said she was led to believe the hospital “disposed” of her remains, she added:

Veronica, aged 60, said she was led to believe the hospital “disposed” of her babies remains. Credit: BPM.

The Sorrento closed in 1993 but Veronica began her search for answers after reading of the use of body parts scandal years later.

A report released 17 years ago confirmed that certain body parts of children who died during treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital were removed without family permission over a 35-year period.

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Veronica was told in writing that her daughter’s remains had not been tampered with.

Theresa’s final resting place was finally found in 2012 after Birmingham Women’s Hospital, which took over the paperwork from Sorrento, helped comb through medical records.

Staff found documents from the child's christening, leading to the discovery of her grave.A plaque on the grave has now been put in to place which bears Theresa's name. Veronica said:

Theresa’s final resting place was finally found in 2012 after Birmingham Women’s Hospital, which took over the paperwork from Sorrento, helped comb through medical records. Credit: BPM.