Alfie’s Story

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Alfie’s Story

Baby Alfie came into the world three months early, weighing a tiny 2lb 10oz.

His mum Amy had suffered a rare placental abruption – where the placenta comes away from the wall of the womb before delivery.

The condition affects up to one per cent of pregnancies and put the baby at risk of serious health problems.

Just six days after he was born, baby Alfie died in his mother’s arms. He laid at rest at Derian House.

Mum Amy shared his story…

When I first laid eyes on my baby boy I couldn’t believe how gorgeous he was. I was so proud.

The day of his birth had been a whirlwind. I woke up with a shooting pain in my tummy and my mum somehow managed to get me to the doctor. It was the most horrendous journey of my life.

The birth was surreal. Dozens of people were around me as I was whisked into theatre. The next thing I remembered was waking up and a woman saying to me: ‘Congratulations, you have a baby boy’.”

Alfie was stable for 24 hours and I started to get my hopes up and think maybe he would be OK. But as the days went on, he went downhill. Each day there was something new, he was starting to develop problems with his kidneys, his lungs and his heart. Then the bleeding on his brain started. The doctors didn’t know how long the placenta had been detached and he hadn’t been receiving the right nutrients or oxygen.

In the end we made the decision to take Alfie off his machines. Before we did, the neonatal nurse at Derian House Children’s Hospital came to speak to us. She arranged for someone from Derian to come and do his hand and footprints. They made a canvas for us and keyrings with a caterpillar made of his toe prints. These little trinkets are so important to me now.

Alfie laid to rest before his funeral in one of the Sunflower Rooms at Derian House Children’s Hospice. I just couldn’t face the idea of him being all alone in the hospital mortuary.

I don’t think there are enough words to describe what Derian House has done for me. I don’t think I’d have got through it without them. I needed the extra time I got with him there and I think it’s what I valued most of all. He didn’t have all the tubes in like at the hospital and I could just take every bit of him in. Just get to know him and love him.

I had counselling sessions through Derian. It’s a safety net where you can go when you’re at your lowest.

In amongst the sadness, I’ve met some amazing people who have shared in my tears and laughter. It’s really been sunshine and showers.

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derian house - Alfie’s Story

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