THE DEVASTATED parents of an Ilkeston girl who died this week have praised the medical staff who looked after their daughter throughout her short life.
Amelia Rose Sutton was born with brain damage after laying on her umbilical cord while she was in the womb. She died on Friday morning after contracting pneumonia following an operation earlier in the year.
Her parents Louise Toplis and Adrian Sutton, along with Amelia’s big sister Ashleigh, 13, said the death of 16-month-old Amelia has ‘left a void in our lives that will never be filled’.
Dad Adrian said: “Her condition was never life threatening but the doctors always said that an infection could kill her so to enjoy our time together. We never expected it be so soon.”
Mum, Louise added: “It’s gone from caring for her 24/7 to nothing. It’s so quiet in the house and so weird without her. We’re all struggling to cope with the fact we won’t ever see her again.”
The couple, who live in Cotmanhay took Amelia back to the Royal Derby Hospital last week with a high temperature.
Adrian said: “On Monday she was the happiest she’d ever been. She was laughing and communicating with us and was in such a happy mood.”
Louise added: “We were amazed with how she was. She was smiling, laughing and having a really good day. We’re so happy we got to see her like that again.”
As Amelia’s condition deteriorated, hospital staff prepared Adrian and Louise for the news they were dreading.
“It was a horrible experience but the nurses and all of the staff gave us so many treasured memories that night,” said Louise.
Adrian added: “They cut us a lock of her hair, made casts of her hands and feet and we had time to say goodbye to her. It was an awful night but we’re glad we have the memories.”
After Amelia was born, the family set up a trust in Amelia’s name – HART, the Help Amelia Rose Trust – to raise cash to build and kit out a sensory room for her.
They say they will continue their fundraising efforts with money raised now going to the Puffin Ward at the Royal Derby Hospital.
“We don’t see the staff as nurses and doctors we see them as friends,” said Adrian.
“Whenever Amelia was in hospital everyone was so supportive and so brilliant.
“We can’t thank them enough.”
Louise added: “We opened our lives up to everyone and Amelia touched so many people in such a short time.
“We just want to thank everyone who has supported us by coming to events, raising money and with their lovely messages of support.
“Hundreds of people have posted on Facebook and people have sobbed when we tell them about what’s happened.
“People have been amazing and we can’t say thank you enough.”
- Amelia’s funeral takes place on Wednesday May 9. A service will be held at All Saints’ Church in Kirk Hallam at 1pm before a burial at Park Cemetery.
A celebration of Amelia’s life will be held after the funeral at Gladstone Lodge. All are welcome to attend and Adrian and Louise request that people wear a pink rose in tribute to Amelia.
A fundraising psychic night at 7pm tonight at The Sportsman pub in Long Eaton will go ahead. Tickets are £5 and are available on the door.
You can leave tributes to Amelia Rose and her family below.