Heartbroken parents of teen mum, 17, who died weeks after giving birth say ‘time has stood still’ as inquest opens

DEVESTATED parents of a teen mum who died after giving birth to her baby boy have said that time has “stood still” since her death.

Tragic Teegan Barnard, 17, suffered a cardiac arrest two hours after delivering little Parker at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex.

She was starved of oxygen and suffered a severe brain injury following the birth on September 9, 2019.

Teegan was discharged from hospital to spend her final days at the family home and died a month later on October 7, 2019.

Her heartbroken parents have Abbie Hallawell and Trevor Barnard have instructed medical negligence lawyers to support them through her inquest.

A hearing is now due to take place to examine the circumstances of the teenage pizza chef’s death, who had her mum and Nan, June Hallawell, as birthing partners.

Abbie and Trevor have been bringing up baby Parker alongside his dad, Leon Forster, and hope that the inquest will being them some closure.

Abbie said: "Teegan and the rest of the family were delighted when she fell pregnant. She was really looking forward to becoming a parent and she would have been an absolutely fantastic mum.

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"It still doesn't really seem real that what should have been the best day in Teegan's life ended tragically and left all of our family changed forever.

"It's been more than two years since Teegan died but time has stood still for all our family.

"I know the inquest and listening to the evidence around Teegan's death is going to be incredibly upsetting but it's something I've got to do not only for Teegan, but also for Parker.

"Teegan would have been so proud of Parker and how he's such a happy baby who's developing every day.

"While he'll grow up without his mum in his life he will always be told how much Teegan loved him and how she'll always be a part of our family."

Rebecca Brown, the lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing the family, said: "This is a truly tragic case which saw what should have been a time of celebration for the family turn to absolute despair.

"Understandably Abbie, Trevor and the rest of the family remain devastated by Teegan's death at such a young age and in such sudden circumstances.

"The last two years and trying to start to come to terms with Teegan's death, all while having a number of concerns about what happened, has been incredibly difficult.

"While nothing can make up for Teegan's death we're determined to support the family through the inquest and help establish answers the family deserve.

"If during the course of the hearing any issues are identified it's vital that lessons are learned."


Speaking at the time of her daughters death, Abbie told The Sun that she was dressing the tot in babygrows with his mums face on it so he can see them when he’s older.

She said: "Seeing Parker in his mummy's arms where he belongs has been so important to me.

"I put them together at every possible moment. Now she has gone we dress Parker in vests with his mum's picture on. I want to keep her close to him always.

"We are all in terrible shock, I just want Teegan back. I didn't realise my heart could break into a million pieces. I'll never be the same again.

"I am so proud of Teegan and Parker I just wish so much she was here to see it for herself.

"She was so looking forward to being a mummy, she was so excited. I think people got fed up with us talking about it all the time.

"She would have been the best mummy in the world. She had so much love for him and didn’t even get to show him.

"I miss her so much, it's unbearable. I can't imagine the future without her, not hearing her beautiful voice again.

"I’d do anything to have her back I miss her more than anything in the world. We were more like best friends than mother and daughter."

An inquest into Teegan's death is start at West Sussex Coroner's Court later this week, and is expected to last four days.

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