Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare, and "Coroner" star Tamara Podemski sadly knows it firsthand. Her case was so shocking that it led to changes in medical procedures in the UK.
Born in Toronto, Canada, in October 1977, Tamara Podemski's steady rise in the entertainment industry dates back to the mid-1990s when she landed parts in "Dance Me Outside," "The Rez," and "Ready or Not."
She rose to stardom in 2007 for her outstanding performance in "Four Sheets to the Wind" and is now one of the main stars in the Canadian crime drama TV series "Coroner." Unfortunately, Podemski's personal life has been a rollercoaster.
Tamara Podemski, James Thomas King, and son Oliver in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in January 2021. | Source: Getty Images
The "Guest of Honour" star found love in 2010 in the most unusual place: a seven-year-old girl's birthday party. She met English actor James Thomas King at the event, best known as Thomas Wyatt in "The Tudors."
Although Podemski and King hit it off right away, they knew getting romantically involved would be challenging because he would return to England in two days.
Still, they gave love a try and went to a restaurant in Hollywood. She mixed a CD for his plane ride to England, but she wanted to wait until the date was over to see if King was worth her early declaration of love.
Tamara Podemski on April 07, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
James Thomas King and Tamara Podemski confirmed that what they felt at the birthday party was special so quickly that she gave him the CD after the appetizers. Things complicated after that, though.
They did their best to make their transatlantic romance work for two years. They would fly to England or Canada every two or three months to spend time with each other and meet friends and family members.
King and Podemski tied the knot in 2012, and she got pregnant with their first son, Oliver, shortly after. However, he needed to be delivered via C-section.
Podemski got pregnant with her second son, Benjamin, in late 2015, but what was supposed to be a joyful experience turned into a heartbreaking tragedy. On May 4, 2016, Podemski and King went to Frome Birth Centre to have Benjamin.
The weight of [grief] never gets lighter, you just get stronger.
Given that she was 14 days overdue, her history with Oliver, and a CTG test that showed decelerations in Benjamin's heartbeat, she was classed as high risk. She needed an emergency C-section and was rushed to the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath, Somerset.
Doctors at RUH planned to deliver the baby later that night, but another emergency case came in, and they delayed Podemski's procedure by 12 hours. She and King reluctantly returned home but had to rush back to the hospital at 5 a.m.
"The weeks after his death were the worst days I've ever lived. You feel like you'll never feel joy or light again. […] The weight of [grief] never gets lighter, you just get stronger."
An investigation proved that Benjamin didn't have enough oxygen for at least two hours. It could have been prevented had the C-section not been delayed.
Following Benjamin's passing, British hospital regulatory procedures on births and C-sections were amended, meaning it is more difficult to send home a full-term pregnant woman and wrongly downgrade emergency C-sections.
Talking about the boy's death is not easy, but Tamara Podemski and James Thomas King do it because they want other pregnant couples to trust their instincts and don't be afraid to question authority. May Benjamin's soul rest in peace.
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