A MATLOCK mother who suffered indescribable heartbreak after experiencing a stillbirth is celebrating with the arrival of her latest family addition.
Lucy Brookes said her world was turned on its head last year when her baby boy, Harry, died while she was still carrying him. She even had to suffer an agonising 18 hours in labour .
Despite the tragedy she remained positive and fell pregnant again, this time with Benjamin Harry who was born earlier this month, weighing 7lb 1oz.
The tot was even three weeks early, putting Lucy’s mind at rest after Harry had gone ten days beyond full term before the tragedy.
The 33-year-old from Matlock said: “It was really mixed emotions, I’m not sure what it would have been like had I gone up to full term.
“I was extremely cautious. I had a scan every week for the last three weeks, normally you only get one at 12 weeks or 20 weeks. It was just a big relief and well worth it.
“We’d like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts and support, we are very grateful.”
Last June Lucy was told Harry had died was discovered that an accident had occurred with his cord.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss over the coming months, she was helped by SANDS- the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Earlier this year she approached the Mercury about raising funds and awareness for the charity.
And thanks to an appeal through the paper, more than £1,800 was pledged. More importantly, women who had suffered in silence following their own personal tragedies came forward and are now getting help from SANDS.
Lucy added: “The response has been amazing, and there are still people getting in touch. Four people who read it in the paper had lost babies, one was from over 20 years ago and she came to her first SANDS meeting recently.”
As part of her appeal, Lucy had asked people to submit poems and stories about their own experiences for a book, with the proceeds going to charity. Called ‘Remember’, it is close to completion and is being published by Greenaway Workshop in Darley Dale.
n For details on the book, contact SANDS on 07432 387725.
To pledge money to the cause, log onto www.justgiving.com/lucy-brookes1