THE family of Emma Cadywould is using her fighting spirit as inspiration to continue in their pursuit for change in care and treatment for postnatal depression.
Emma, of Saxon Orchard, Watchfield, was struck by a train near South Marston on December 16, 2011, after a six-month battle with the condition.
An inquest to establish the cause of the 32-year-old’s death recorded a narrative verdict in November 2013, which does not attribute the cause of death to any individual person.
Since her death, Emma’s son, Harrison, now three, has gotten older and become more inquisitive about his mother and where she is.
It is a topic which proves difficult for Emma’s sister, Lucie Malangone, 33, and her family to deal with, as they themselves continue to come to terms with the loss they have felt.
Lucie, of Carshalton in South London, is attempting to channel that raw emotion into a petition with change.org, with the aim of forcing the NHS to complete a review of care available for mothers suffering with postnatal depression and perinatal mental illness.
She said: “Me doing something has been the only positive out of this situation. The whole world went very quiet for us after this. We have been very, very sure from the start we have been wronged.
“We knew with the type of person Emma was, she would have fought for this.”
Born and bred in Swindon, Emma was described as a meticulous individual at her inquest who enjoyed routine, attending the gym and her work within academia at the University of Bristol in the Department of East Asian Studies.
She attained a 2:1 undergraduate degree in criminology at a university in Nottingham, before achieving a Masters qualification from Loughborough University.
She was married to Stephen and the family lived in Talavera Road, Chiseldon.
The loss is something Lucie knows the family will never come to terms with, but remaining strong for Emma’s son, Harrison, is a priority for them all as he grows older.