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Couple say baby sick from damp

Kelly Rae and Andy Moorhouse, of Edlington, with their eight week year old daugther Kaitlyn Moorhouse, who has been ill due to damp in their house. Picture: Andrew Roe

Kelly Rae and Andy Moorhouse, of Edlington, with their eight week year old daugther Kaitlyn Moorhouse, who has been ill due to damp in their house. Picture: Andrew Roe

A YOUNG couple claim their 11-week-old baby is suffering from chest problems as a result of damp conditions in their council house.

Andrew Moorhouse, 21, and his partner Kelly Rae, 19, say that St Leger Homes - which manages council housing on behalf of Doncaster Council - did not act fast enough when the pair discovered damp in their Edlington home.

They say they were even told by their health visitor that their baby daughter couldn’t have vital injections until her health improved.

Andrew, of Violet Avenue, said: “Kaitlyn keeps coughing and wheezing. We were really worried about her.

“We found damp and mould on the back of the wardrobe and chest of drawers, as well as on the wall in the bedroom when she was just two days old.

“We contacted the emergency repairs service to report it right away but it took them a long time to actually come out.”

The couple moved into the house in March this year when Kelly was 17 weeks pregnant. They didn’t notice the mould until August 23 when their first daughter was only two days old.

But they say that the improvement work since carried out by St Leger Homes did not come quick enough to improve their daughter’s health.

Kelly added: “I was absolutely livid. I began to keep a record of all our dealings as I wanted to be able to show the steps we’d taken. I was also worried that I’d been living in these conditions while I was pregnant.”

A spokesman for St Leger Homes confirmed that inspectors had visited the couple’s home and carried out improvement works.

But Andrew and Kelly still say that they have concerns that their property remains damp.

As well as Kaitlyn, they have both suffered from health problems with Kelly’s asthma worsening considerably.

They also say they have lost £400 worth of clothes, bedding, shoes and other items, which they have had to throw away because they have become old after the conditions.

Visits were carried out on August 27 on which a small patch of mould was found. The tenants were advised on the importance of ventilation and heating.

A dehumidifier was delivered to the home and work carried out on October 22 to check the cavities and fit an extractor fan in the bathroom.

Susan Jordan, St Leger Homes chief executive officer, said: “We are sorry that Mr Moorhouse is experiencing on-going problems but we do need tenants to work with us to minimise condensation in their homes.”

 

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