We lost our newborn daughter and were evicted by our landlord while still in hospital despite always paying our rent | The Sun

A COUPLE discovered they'd been evicted by their landlord shortly before their newborn daughter died in hospital.

Rebekah Gidman delivered baby Ehvadnai by emergency C-section – and learned as the tot battled for life that she, her partner and their children would be made homeless.

The mum, of St Austell in Cornwall, said she "never missed a rent payment", even as her tiny daughter was shuttled between hospitals.

Ehvadnai was born at the Royal Cornwall Hospital with a severe tongue-tie.

She was taken to Derriford in Plymouth for specialist care, but after eight weeks was then rushed to Bristol Children's Hospital for further treatment.

The little one died in November last year.

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Ms Gidman told CornwallLive: "She had liver failure and a million other problems.

"Her body was attacking itself. She was having multiple blood transfusions every day, she had a bleed on the brain, a problem with her neck, and she could only be fed through IV.

"She was taken off a ventilator and passed away at Bristol after we were transferred.

"All during this time, we also had to look for a new place to live as our landlord had given us an eviction notice.

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“We’d never missed a rent payment, even when we were both up at Bristol taking time off work.”

Ms Gidman and her partner were issued with a Section 21 notice, which gives tenants two months to leave and requires no justification.

At the time the notice was served, Ms Gidman had been admitted to hospital in Treliske ahead of Ehvadnai's birth and was being given oxygen.

"We couldn't even view places. I must have applied for hundreds, and they were disappearing the day they appeared," she said.

“Even though my daughter was on life support we were searching for houses.

"I can't explain what that’s like.

"We work here in St Austell, our whole life is there."

As the couple planned Ehvadnai's funeral, they desperately continued to search for a home.

My daughter was on life support, and we were searching for houses

By February, the family had moved into an £1,000-a-month three-bed home in St Austell.

But in a cruel twist, just four months later, they were served with yet another eviction notice.

"We had just started trying to pick up our lives again," Ms Gidman said.

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“Imagine trying to sort a funeral with nothing coming in, finding a place, not getting wages as you’re off work, losing everything you’ve saved, still coming up with a deposit and rent in advance – and then being evicted again.

"We didn’t even have time to grieve."

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