House fire tragedy mum to leave hospital, 14 months after kids killed
THE mother of three children who died in a house fire is to leave hospital.
Samantha Hudson, 28, will be moved into a permanent care home within weeks after 14 months in hospital.
Doctors have told Miss Hudson's family she is unlikely to make further progress in the brain rehabilitation unit at Goole And District Hospital.
She is unable to walk, talk or eat after the fire that killed her children William, 9, AJ, 5, and three-year-old Maddie at their home in Clarence Avenue, Bridlington.
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Her mum, Sharon Hudson, said: "I had kind of been expecting it, but it still came as a bit of a shock. It is sinking in more now.
"We had a review with her doctors before Christmas and they said she couldn't stay there much longer.
"They said she will never be able to live with us because she needs too much care, so they are looking for a permanent home.
"They think she has gone as far as she can go. She has not made a lot of progress, although she is a little more aware."
Miss Hudson was not expected to survive the fire that tore through her home in November 2010, but defied doctors by coming out of a coma.
Since she was transferred from the intensive care unit of Scarborough General Hospital to the rehabilitation unit in Goole in February last year, she has spoken once, learned to sit up and laughed for the first time.
However, doctors believe any more significant progress is unlikely.
A care home in Holme-on-Spalding Moor, 32 miles from her parents' home in Bridlington, is now being considered as a permanent residence for her.
Mrs Hudson said: "She might come on a little bit more, but not much. We are still waiting to find out when she is moving, but it will be within the next two months or so.
"We are also waiting to know where she is going, because it needs to be somewhere fully equipped to deal with her, but it will probably be Holme-on-Spalding Moor. The others are just too far away.
"At Goole they have been brilliant with her. We couldn't have wished for a better place for her to be. But maybe she will be better off when she has moved.
"She will be able to visit us for a few hours every so often for special occasions like birthdays, which means she will be able to see more of the family.
"It will be hard for her to get used to being somewhere different and having different people around, but I think it will be good for her to be somewhere permanently."
A spokeswoman for the Disabilities Trust, which runs the rehabilitation unit in Goole, said: "After an assessment, it has been confirmed the service is not appropriate for Samantha anymore and she is moving on.
"Her family are entirely happy about the fact she is moving. We are working with them to support her in the move and make sure we find the right place for her."