A HEARTBROKEN couple are planning their baby girl’s funeral – at the hospital bed of her premature twin sister.
Danielle Cooke and Jamie Slack, from North Wales, watched their daughter Hope die in their arms after she and her twin sister Nevaeh were born 15 weeks prematurely.
And Nevaeh, who weighs less than a bag of sugar, is now fighting for her life in hospital after her sister’s death.
While Danielle and Jamie will little Nevaeh to survive, they are now faced with the harrowing task of organising Hope’s funeral.
New-dad Jamie said: “The girls were born at just 25 weeks on September 7. Hope weighed 1.34lbs and Nevaeh weighed 1.65lbs.
Hope died in my arms and her death has had a huge affect on both of us, but at least we know know she is resting and not in pain any more
“Hope just wasn’t strong enough to make it.
“Her body was shutting down, so the decision was made to let her go which was the hardest thing my partner and I have ever had to do.
“She died in my arms and her death has had a huge affect on both of us, but at least we know know she is resting and not in pain any more.”
The twins were born at the neonatal intensive care unit at the Royal Preston Hospital after a transfer from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in North Wales.
While a post-mortem has yet to have taken place, her parents have been told Hope died of an infection.
We are keeping going because of Nevaeh who is still in intensive care fighting and getting stronger each day
Jamie, who has a two-year-old son called Jayden, added: “We are keeping going because of Nevaeh who is still in intensive care fighting and getting stronger each day, her weight has now gone up to 1.94lbs and we are now allowed to cuddle her which is amazing.
“She has also just started to open her eyes for the first time, and is looking around a little, and she clutches our fingers which is lovely.
“She’s our little miracle but we are still living hour to hour as anything could still happen.
“The medics are saying she’s doing well but aren’t committing themselves to saying she’ll be alright.”
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The grounds worker added: “The ICU unit are doing a brilliant job with Nevaeh and we are very grateful for all their help and support that they have given me and my partner and our baby girls.”
The family are hoping to raise £1,000 to pay for funeral costs.
To donate to help the family visit their fundraising page here.
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