Mum’s ‘f**k off’ notes to parents in children’s hospital after sausage theft
A mum left angry notes telling other parents staying the children's hospital accommodation to 'f**k off' after food thieves stole her SAUSAGES – and even 'ruined her breast milk'.
Jesse Gardner didn't padlock her food while staying in Ronald McDonald House near Evelina Children's Hospital in London because she thought 'no one could be so low'.
Daughter Luna Webster was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, leaving the six-week-old with just one half of her heart and forcing her to go under the knife twice within just three days of her birth.
But Jesse, 28, was livid to discover their food repeatedly swiped during her stay to remain nearby seriously ill Luna.
Jess claim she was 'heartbroken' when the cruel thief knocked bottles of her frozen breast milk onto the floor during the raid, where they defrosted and more than 200ml had to be binned last week.
Taking matters into her own hands, the enraged mum-of-one left three angry notes telling the food thief to 'f*** off' and 'hope you enjoyed MY sausages'.
Jesse claims she first noticed her food being swiped when her milk from the communal fridge had been used, but decided to let it slide as 'everyone has been caught short before'.
But the mum was horrified when she realised someone had been helping themselves to a ready meal from her freezer on Sunday [December 8] and sausages the following day.
On both occasions, Jesse's breastmilk had been scattered across the freezer-cupboard with bottles carelessly tossed aside and strewn across the floor to defrost.
Jesse, from Ashford in Kent, said: "It was absolutely heartbreaking for me to throw away more than 200mls of my milk.
"More than anything I feel really disappointed that this would happen in a place like Ronald McDonald.
"I had noticed milk go missing from our fridge but we've all been caught short when you need a coffee in the morning so I decided to let it slide.
"On Sunday evening I came back to the house and went straight to the freezer to put some more bottles of expressed breast milk in.
"But I noticed that there were a couple of my bottles on the floor and they had defrosted.
"I opened my compartment to find what had been neatly stacked bottles were all over the place and one of my ready meals was missing.
"I stacked the bottles back up neatly but sadly I had to throw the bottles of milk that had been left on the floor away. This is what upset me the most.
"Any mother who has expressed or even breastfed their baby knows how valuable this milk is, especially to a premature baby.
"The next night I returned again to the same disheartening sight. Again my milk was knocked over and this time a whole bag of sausages had also disappeared."
Jesse claims she and her partner Adam Webster, 35, had been shown the communal kitchen when they arrived and allocated lockers in the fridge and freezer – but the couple had to provide their own padlocks.
The mum claims she had decided against ordering padlocks after noticing that most of the other compartments hadn't been locked shut and thinking that no one would be 'low enough' to steal their food.
Jesse, who works as a debt management consultant, said: "When we first arrived the staff showed us the communal kitchen and the allocated lockers in the fridge and freezer.
"They said that we can lock them if we wanted but would have to provide the locks ourselves.
"Looking at the other compartments I only saw one that had been locked and made the decision not to buy locks.
"I thought, every family staying there was in the same boat as us, nobody would be low enough to steal from other families in their situation.
"I decided to write the notes because I was really frustrated – this was the second time it had happened.
"I don't know if there has been a reaction to my notes or not, but I have reported these incidents to the staff and they said they were very sorry to hear that this was happening.
"But unfortunately because there is no CCTV in the kitchen area so it would be impossible to find out who it is doing this.
"I have now ordered some padlocks so I can be sure this will not happen again."
Luna, who was born weighing just 4lb 5oz and had since lost weight due to infections after birth, relies on her mum's expressed breast milk to stay strong during her treatment.
The newborn is not eligible to have open heart surgery until she is at least 6lbs, putting the pressure on Jesse to help her gain weight to continue her treatment.
Jesse said: "Luna was born with a very serious heart defect which basically means she is missing the left side of her heart.
"She was born prematurely five weeks early too, due to me having severe pre-eclampsia.
"Luna weighed just 4lb 5oz when she was born and she had complications with infections in the following weeks meant she was finding it very difficult to gain weight.
"My breast milk is so important to give her the nutrition she needs.
"Gaining weight is vital to her development, and not only for the obvious reasons but because she needs to be at least 6lbs to be eligible for her first big open heart surgery.
"Normally this surgery would be done within four days of birth.
"At the moment, Luna is being kept alive with medication to support her heart and smaller procedures until she is big enough.
"She has only just got back up to her birth weight after losing loads of weight from being so poorly.
"Luckily I have a good supply and lots in the freezer in the hospital as well.
"We're expecting that she will be in hospital until she is around six to seven months at least.
"Her treatment is going alright so far, but she has already had two heart surgeries within 72 hours of her birth. She has at least three more in the near future.
"Having the Ronald McDonald House is literally a life-saver for us. It's a fantastic charity and the staff who work there are so helpful and kind.
"Without it I would have to travel for around two and a half hours each way every day to be with Luna – not to mention the cost of travelling on top of everything."
Ronald McDonald House Charities was contacted for comment.
INFOBOX: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital heart disease in which the left lower pumping chamber of the heart does not develop properly during the latter stages of pregnancy and is much smaller than usual.
Treatment is very difficult and high risk but includes surgery to allow the right side of the heart to take over the work of the left side. All treatment is aimed at improving the child's quality of life and there is no cure.
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