'Maybe she was my guardian angel': Mum reveals heartbreak of having to deliver dead baby after horror crash

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A mum has revealed the heartbreak of having to give birth to her dead baby after a horror crash fatally injured her unborn daughter.

Nursery worker Louise Abbott has said 'maybe her girl was her guardian angel' after finding out the tragic death of her unborn child may have saved her own life.

Louise was seriously hurt when Leroy Margolis ploughed into the car she was in on the A1307 last year.

Margolis, 29, was today sentenced to two years in prison and received a three year driving ban, with one year added post prison, after he was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Cambridge Crown Court.

Louise and Laurence Abbott with Layla at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on 10 October, 2016

Sentencing him, Judge Cooper said: “The impact upon her has been very considerable indeed.

“As she has said, there’s not one day she doesn’t contemplate the loss of the life, imagining how her baby’s life would have been like if it didn’t occur."

Louise was forced to go through the trauma of giving birth naturally to Layla, who had died from a head injury, due to Louise's severe pelvic injuries.

But Louise later found out that her unborn baby's tragic death may have saved her life.

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"I was told by a couple of doctors that had I not been pregnant, I would not have survived," said Louise, who was 25 weeks pregnant at the time.

"Nothing can ever bring Layla back but it seems to me that maybe she was there to save me and that she was my guardian angel."

The court heard how Margolis, of Wandsworth, London, was trying to overtake a lorry on October 1 last year when his car hit a traffic island and ricocheted into oncoming traffic.

Leroy Margolis, 29, was today sentenced to two years in prison

It collided with a VW Polo, causing the front-seat passenger in that vehicle, Louise Abbott, to lose her unborn baby 25 weeks into the pregnancy.

A jury heard how the crash happened at around 8pm on an unlit A-road in Cambridgeshire.

Louise was travelling with her co-worker Michelle Sanford, from Saplings Day Nursery in Henham, to look after children at a wedding.

Margolis crashed into the pair when he tried to overtake a lorry at speed at the A1307 Linton bypass. The corporate banker for Lloyds hit speeds of 69mph as he tried to overtake.

Witnesses described his driving as "suicidal" and he careered into the oncoming car after losing control.

After the crash, Louise was rushed to Addenbrooke's Hosptial.

Louise and her partner Laurence Abbott
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Her waters broke on the way to the hospital, where she and her partner Laurence found out Layla had suffered fatal head injuries in the crash.

Louise, from Braintree, Essex, describes the hours after the accident as a "blur".

She said: "I delivered Layla the next day at 8.40am naturally. I remember that her head and shoulders came out before a midwife could get to me.

"Because of my pelvic injuries, a cesarean section could not be performed. They didn't want to risk increased bleeding, I therefore had no option but to deliver Layla naturally."

Louise also talked about her anxiety about seeing the baby she'd been so excited for, knowing that she'd suffered serious head injuries.

She said: "After delivery I did not want to see Layla at first. I was worried about her condition because I had been told that the head injury had killed her.

"I felt a real mix of emotions. It felt strange that I had survived the accident but Layla had not made it."

Louise and Laurence Abbott on their wedding day in Malta on 16 July, 2016

Just months after the crash and birth of Layla, Louise and her partner Laurence found they were expecting another baby, something that terrified the mum-to-be.

She said: "A few months after the accident I found out I was pregnant again with a second child. I have just given birth to a beautiful baby girl.

"I found it very difficult to come to term with the pregnancy at first. I was so scared another crash might take another one of my children.

"Laurence and I spent many nights crying and hoping the anxiety would ease, which thankfully it eventually did.

"We have always been clear that our newborn daughter would not be a replacement for Layla, who will always be part of our family."

Laurence and Louise Abbott outside Cambridge Crown Court

Louise has also said she hopes her heartbreaking story will be a lesson to anyone else who drives dangerously.

She said: "It is an example of the devastation it can cause people unlucky enough to be victims of it."

Laurence added: “We are devastated that Layla isn’t here to meet her baby sister Avery - as it should be. Avery will however grow up knowing all about her wonderful big sister. We couldn’t be happier with the safe arrival of our beautiful baby girl Avery."

Ms Abbott's lawyer said: "This tragic incident illustrates how important it is for road users to consider the safety of all those around them.

"A momentary lapse in concentration can lead to accidents which often have terrible consequences for those involved and their families."

PC Paul Nisbet, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire road policing unit, added: “This was a dangerous piece of driving which had fatal consequences.

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Watts and Abbotts family, indeed to all those affected by such a terrific loss of a young life.

“I hope today’s conviction gives some solace and comfort in the knowledge that justice has been done.”

Scott Blair - UK News
By Scott Blair - UK News 11/10/2017 15:14:00