Calling on the midwife: Carer Jo reunited with the lady who delivered her

91-year-old Marie Lush of Brighton with her carer Jo Hazelgrove

91-year-old Marie Lush of Brighton with her carer Jo Hazelgrove

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A SPECIAL and unexpected reunion has resulted in a carer looking after the midwife who delivered her more than 45 years ago.

On August 27, 1969 Marie Lush delivered Iris Jenner’s bouncing baby girl Jo Hazelgrove.

As she grew up Jo lived down the street from Marie in Gordon Road, Brighton, and used to play with her children.

Six weeks ago Jo joined Hallifax Care based in Ditchling Road, Brighton, as a carer and noticed a familiar name on her rota – Marie Lush, who is now 91.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it. It was on the same street and I knew it had to be her.

“She’s still the same lovely woman and she’s still got the same beautiful laugh.

“Obviously she’s got dementia now because she’s in her 90s, but she’s still the same Marie that I remember.

“I have to keep telling her ‘you delivered me’, and she'll respond saying ‘did I, dear?’.

“It’s come full circle, she delivered me and now I’m caring for her.”

The pair have been reminiscing about life on the road more than 40 years ago.

Jo said: “It was fantastic, lots of happy memories.”

Her mother, now 70, who also still lives in Gordon Road, and joined her daughter last week to complete the reunion.

Anne Hallifax, from Hallifax Care, said: “Clients are always asking if the company and staff are local – now we are able to say – very local indeed.

“It was just coincidence when Jo looked at her roster to find the name Lush as one of the clients she had to visit. “After a few questions about the unusual name, she said to her manager: ‘Mrs Lush delivered me’.

“Now Joanna is helping to care for Marie, who needs some help to stay in her own home.”

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4:48pm Mon 18 Aug 14

nissancars says...

nice story
nice story nissancars
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7:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

rolivan says...

nissancars wrote:
nice story
Nice story but don't know whether it was a good idea to let everyone know a very vulnerable persons address.
[quote][p][bold]nissancars[/bold] wrote: nice story[/p][/quote]Nice story but don't know whether it was a good idea to let everyone know a very vulnerable persons address. rolivan
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8:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cisco69 says...

She doesn't live there anymore
She doesn't live there anymore Cisco69
  • Score: 1

12:50am Tue 19 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Cisco69 wrote:
She doesn't live there anymore
Who ? Carrie?
[quote][p][bold]Cisco69[/bold] wrote: She doesn't live there anymore[/p][/quote]Who ? Carrie? notslimjim
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5:33am Tue 19 Aug 14

Cisco69 says...

notslimjim wrote:
Cisco69 wrote:
She doesn't live there anymore
Who ? Carrie?
Ha ha...you wally...
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cisco69[/bold] wrote: She doesn't live there anymore[/p][/quote]Who ? Carrie?[/p][/quote]Ha ha...you wally... Cisco69
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