Saturday 24 February 2018

'Cuddle cot' for hospital

Esther Hayden

An Enniscorthy couple presented a 'cuddle cot' in memory of their daughter to Wexford General Hospital last week.

Kerry and John Paul Wickham from The Ballagh, Enniscorthy, raised over €2,000, having held a tea and coffee fundraiser in their home earlier this year.

Kerry and John Paul wanted to fund the purchase of the cuddle cot in memory of their daughter Willow Rose, who passed away in October 2012, just three weeks and two days after she was born.

A cuddle cot will enable other parents who experience the tragedy of a neo-natal death to spend more time with their child before burial.

Kerrie and John Paul received the devastating news that their baby girl would be born with a terminal chromosomal defect called Trisomy 18 or Edward's Syndrome at their 20-week scan.

Willow Rose was born on September 14 she sadly passed away on October 7.

A cuddle cot is a Moses basket which is designed to allow the parents to spend a little more time with their child. Without this parents may not be able to have as much time with their baby as they need before burial.

Last November the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland, which is also known as Féileacáin, presented a cuddle cot to the Maternity Ward at Wexford General Hospital. That one is designed to be kept on the ward.

This newly presented cuddle cot will allow parents spend precious time with their baby, at home or in the hospital.

Gorey Guardian

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