Newborn Dies In Hospital, But Parents Keep Her For 16 Days
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In September 2016, 21-year-old Charlotte Szakacs and her husband 28-year-old Attila received tragic news that their baby daughter Evlyn had a chromosome abnormality.
Evlyn was born on December 13, 2016, with a number of physical ailments, including an underdeveloped brain, narrow airways in her nose and lungs and a narrow aorta, according to Metro.co.uk. She weighed only 5 pounds and 5 ounces.
After four weeks of battling her disease, Evlyn passed away on January 10, at Martin House Hospice.
In the 12 days following the death, Charlotte and Attila stayed in hospice with Evlyn, who was kept cold in something called a "cuddle cot."
This allowed her parents to spend time with her, snuggle her and even take her out for walks.
Before her funeral on January 26, Evlyn's parents even took her home for four days.
Charlotte explained it helped her a great deal emotionally to be able to spend time with her little girl and even bring her home.
She said, "I know it might not be the best option for everyone, but for us it was so important to be able to have that family time – and just properly cuddle our little girl."
Attila and Charlotte had been reportedly trying to start a family for more than a year when they finally received news Charlotte was due a day before her 21st birthday.
For the first 20 weeks, she had a healthy pregnancy, but doctors soon discovered Evlyn's brain was not developing properly.
After further testing, they learned Evlyn had an "unbalanced chromosome translocation," which essentially means two chromosomes "switched places." As a result, some genes can be missing, or extra genes might be present.
After doctors realized blood wasn't flowing to Charlotte's placenta, they delivered the baby via C-section.
After she was born, Evlyn was immediately put on a ventilator, and Charlotte was not able to hold her for three days.
Unfortunately, doctors informed Charlotte and Attila that even if Evlyn survived, her life would be riddled with sight and hearing difficulties, as well as several developmental disabilities.
Still Charlotte is thankful for the time she spent with Evlyn:
I think having the time with her made such a difference. Being able to do so many of the things you imagine like taking her out in her pram, it really helped emotionally. I was really nervous about bringing her home because I didn't know if it would feel right but it was so nice to have her there. And it wasn't just for us but for Evlyn so she got to come home.
We wish her and her family continued support.
Citations: Parents document living with their dead baby for 16 days Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/01/parents-who-spent-16-days-with-their-dead-baby-girl-share-photos-of-the-experience-6420639/#ixzz4XSOqZNeR (Metro.co.uk)