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Family raise questions over daughter's death

Violet Herdman who died from whooping cough Credit: Family photograph

A mother whose young daughter died from whooping cough wants to know why she wasn't given a vaccine for the disease while she was pregnant.

Violet Herdman was only five weeks old when she died. Her parents Emma Sharp and Colin Herdman from Pegswood near Morpeth say they found out after Violet's death that pregnant women should be vaccinated.

The NHS Choices website says that the vaccine has been used routinely in pregnancy since October 2012. During that year 14 babies died from whooping cough before the vaccine was introduced during pregnancy.

Solicitors representing Violet's parents say the family has been left devastated and they hope Northumbria Healthcare Trust will work with them to provide answers which will help Emma and Colin come to terms with what has happened.

We are in touch with Violet's parents and are already fully investigating the circumstances surrounding their daughter's death. This investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust