A MOTHER whose fiance tragically died while she was expecting his first child is hoping to go to court in her battle to get the father’s name on their baby’s birth certificate.
Tammy Scott, 34, of Auborough Street, Scarborough, named her daughter Alenka Peta Scott-Wilson after her husband-to-be, Peter Wilson, who passed away suddenly in July last year.
But the couple were not married, so she has been forced to begin legal proceedings so that Peter can be officially recognised and listed as the named father of Alenka.
Tammy has applied for legal aid to help win her case, but has been told it is doubtful that it will be granted and she does not have thousands of pounds for a lengthy legal fight.
She has reiterated her calls for a change in the law so that other grieving mothers do not have to suffer the same distress while already dealing with the pain of losing a loved one.
Tammy said: “It’s very important to me – not having Peter named on the birth certificate is like denying Alenka had a dad. It feels like she’s lost her father twice now.
“She looks a lot like Peter, she’s a mixture of both of us. That is comforting but also heartbreaking because it reminds me of what Alenka and I are missing.
“Hopefully I will get to court and they will say she can have her dad’s name on her birth certificate but it’s not my decision. The whole process has been very stressful, I still don’t feel like I’ve had a chance to grieve for Peter.”
Alenka was born two-and-a-half weeks premature on January 24, weighing 6lbs 3oz.
Peter, who was 52, died just two weeks after he found out he was going to be a father.
He believed he had a bad cold in the days before his death, but died suddenly of bronchial pneumonia and myocardial fibrosis.
Tammy desperately gave her partner of three-and-a-half years heart massage at the home they shared in Valley Bridge Parade before paramedics arrived.
Shortly after Peter’s death, Tammy, a former electrician, was devastated to discover that a Declaration of Parentage would be needed to recognise Peter’s paternity.
It was a heart-breaking problem shared by a Lincolnshire family, who this week also spoke out and argued the law should be changed.
The family were forced to prove that Matthew Anderson, who died in a car crash in 2010 three days before his fiancee Kirsty Barden gave birth to their son, was the father.
They spent thousands of pounds in a six-month battle to get the name added to the birth certificate.
Tammy added: “It’s obviously not something that happens all the time, but it is an issue for a lot of people. When you’ve lost your partner it’s the last thing you need.
“Alenka is a really calm healthy baby and hardly ever cries. She’ll sleep all day and be awake all night.
“It’s bitter-sweet because all of this is going on at what should have been the best time of mine and Peter’s lives.”
The Home Office has said that it is important that correct information is registered on birth certificates and that unmarried couples should both acknowledge paternity.
It is currently for the courts to decide on what evidence is required so that a father is registered on a birth certificate when a father dies before the child is born.