CuddleCot helps Newcastle couple visit their baby after two days

Charlene Henry and Raymond Fradgley had to say goodbye to their baby after two days.

Charlene Henry, 34, and Raymond Fradgley, 35, had to say goodbye to their son Hero Thomas Peter Henry-Fradgley when he was just two days old. He was born prematurely at 31 weeks with his stomach, liver, intestines and bowels on the left side of his chest.

Charlene said: “It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I have never known pain like it and it comes in different waves. I don’t know how I have lived seven weeks without him. I don’t know how I get up every morning and carry on. Some days I don’t want to get out of bed but I push myself for him, I think if I let myself crumble his life and death meant nothing. He didn’t give up so why should I?

“It was hard having to leave that hospital without him. If he hadn’t been premature he might have had more of a fighting chance. They did everything possible to save him.”

Hero passed away on the ward two days after being born. Charlene and Raymond were able to continue visiting him due to the use of a CuddleCot. The CuddleCot keeps a baby cool to allow their family to spend more time with them.

Charlene said: “To me and Raymond, two days was better than nothing. We got to see him with his eyes open, we got to talk to him and read him a book. We got to touch his little toes and little hands when he was alive. It’s like I have carried an angel in my body and that what he is – he’s our little angel”

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