Isolated in hospital with new-born baby

Photo: Smallpox1962

Mary Alleyne, of Radyr, Cardiff, was a patient in East Glamorgan Hospital in 1962, awaiting the birth of her second child. She was under the care of obstetrician Robert Hodkinson.

When he was diagnosed with smallpox, she and her new-born child were confined to the ward. When he died, they were isolated in the hospital for three weeks, which meant she could not see her older daughter.

Recorded by Will Barker.


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