A mum woke up to a ‘living nightmare’ when she found her baby girl had tragically died next to her in bed.
Faye Hughes opened up about the loss of eight-month daughter Jorgie-May Nancy Thorpe in her mission to honor all “angel babies.”
The mum-of-four says her “world was broken” when she discovered that Jorgie-May, who was her youngest child, had passed away.
The infant had been ill for months before her untimely death.
Now, the 31-year-old mum is striving to keep her daughter’s memory alive by raising awareness and funds to help others who have also suffered the loss of a child, the Mirror reports.
Speaking of the night before Jorgie May’s passing on June 13, 2018, Faye said: “nothing would settle her.”
That evening, the pair had lots of “mummy snuggles” before they both fell asleep.
But when Faye woke up and found Jorge, her “world was broken.”
She said: “Jorgie was born on October 4, 2017 at 10.51pm with my mum and sister at my side. My family was complete.
“I was the luckiest mummy alive to have beautiful children.
“But, on December 9, 2017, Jorgie’s life changed. She was admitted to hospital in Bangor with breathing difficulties.
“She was so poorly she was nearly vented off (put on a ventilator) and taken to Alder Hey. I thought that was the worst day, but that was still to come.
“Jorgie scared the doctors because she couldn’t keep oxygen in her body or generate it around her body like other children.
“She was monitored at Bangor in case we did have to go to Alder Hey, but my girl smashed it and was allowed home in time for her brother and sister’s Christmas shows.
“She was finally diagnosed with bronchitis.
“From that moment on, we were regulars at the doctors and hospitals.
“We had an amazing Christmas at home as a family. ‘Bring on 2018,’ we all cheerfully said on New Year’s Eve.
“But we were still regular patients at the doctors come January, February, March, April and May because I was so scared for her breathing.
“I remember a doctors appointment where Jorgie had to be put on a nebuliser because her breathing was bad.”
Faye added: “Then came the night of June 12, 2018.”
Faye said she took her daughter, Phoebe dancing while Jorgie stayed home with dad, Rob.
She “didn’t seem right” and was full of cold and snotty, Faye recalled.
The mum put her children to bed but “nothing would settle Jorgie,” said Faye.
“At 11.30pm, we went downstairs and had Calpol and mummy snuggles,” she said.
“I put Jorge to sleep next to me and we both fell asleep.
“We both woke up at around 2.30am when Rob got home from darts.
“Again, me and my girl went back to sleep as the only thing that would settle her was me.
“It was 7am the next morning when I woke up and something was telling me to look at Jorgie.
“That feeling no mum should ever feel. My world was broken.
“My Jorgie-May fell silently to sleep. I just knew in my heart she was gone. I just remember screaming my house down.
“The days after her funeral most of the time were a blur.”
Faye said baby loss isn’t a subject that is often spoken about and that there are thousands of parents living with overwhelming grief on a daily basis.
That’s why she has thrown her weight behind several campaigns and events to raise awareness and has set up a fundraising page.
The next event she is organizing is a ‘Sleeping Babies Fundraiser’ to raise money for the Lullaby Trust which supported Faye and her family through their bereavement.
She said: “When Jorgie-May grew her wings, the support from the Lullaby Trust was absolutely amazing. They even provided toys and books for the kids to help them cope with their loss.”
Paying tribute to Jorgie, Faye added: “Jorgie was a happy, beautiful baby who warmed everyone’s hearts.
“Everyone she met instantly fell in love with her. She will always be remembered and will never be forgotten.
“Let’s keep our babies’ memories lit so bright and remember them with smiles or tears.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.