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A couple share how they initially wanted to make Lucy Letby the godmother of their ill child (Image: SWNS)
A couple who trusted Lucy Letby so much and wanted to make her the godmother of their ill premature baby say they’ve come to believe she tried to kill the infant.
The nurse spent a lot of time reassuring them after the baby needed to go on a ventilator shotly after birth.
The couple, who wish to remain anonymous to protect the identity of their two young children, says nurse Letby seemed to have “taken a shine” to their child, not knowing that she was of danger to the babies on the ward.
Looking back, the mother says the thought of her convictions make her feel “physically sick”.
Lucy Letby during her arrest (Image: Getty Images)
The couple, who were not involved in the court case, have opened up about when Letby was caring for their premature son.
For seven days after their son was born to the student nurse, 21, and engineer, 33, the parents could not hold him and longed to. But Letby was the nurse who eventually lifted him out of his incubator and passed him to them that first time.
The couple said Letby was “nice” and “couldn’t seem to do enough” for the parents.
The mother told MailOnline: “It seemed every single shift that Lucy was on duty she wanted my son, she named him as her favourite, she said that quite a few times.”
She also believes she came to think of Letby as a friend, after having long conversations with her at night when it was quiet.
Lucy Letby has been handed 14 whole life terms (Image: Cheshire Police)
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The couple claimed there were times when Letby was caring for their baby and he had sudden dips in his health.
They said there was a day when their boy had an unusual amount of blood in his nappy – and the doctors could not find a cause.
There was another time when he suddenly collapsed as Letby was about to hand him over to night staff, but luckily they helped him recover.
Letby also sent the baby’s mother a handmade Mother’s Day card with a Polaroid photograph she had taken of their baby inside the incubator, the pair claimed. Even though he was still requiring 24-hour oxygen, the image showed their son with no mask or oxygen tubes over his face. When the concerned parents queried this Letby dismissed their fears saying: “I just thought you would like a picture of him with no tubes.”
MailOnline has seen a series of text messages exchanged in April 2016 with the parents where Lucy Letby called their son “a fighter”, asked about his health, and when he was discharged.
The boy’s father thought Letby had been so kind to them that he asked his wife if they should make her their son’s godmother. In the end, his mother decided a family member would be more appropriate.
During trial, evidence proved Letby had used insulin and air to inject newborns in a year-long killing spree while working on the neo-natal ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The former nurse was found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill others, following a nine-month trial and 22 days of jury deliberation.
Mr Justice James Goss, who described her actions as “cruel and calculating” and indicative of “a malevolence bordering on sadism”, handed her 14 whole life terms, warning her she would die in prison.
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