Mum’s fundraising legacy for ‘little warrior’ Luca
The family have raised almost £3,000 for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
It’s heart-breaking for any parent to lose a child, but for Sophie the loss of her baby boy Luca was made even more painful because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sophie had a perfectly normal and healthy pregnancy but had extra scans and was induced as a precautionary measure at 39 + 4 weeks after she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Sophie had an assisted delivery Luca suffered from shock when he was born. He was then rushed to Leeds General Infirmary after going into cardiac arrest.
Luca spent two weeks on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) where despite doctors’ best efforts, his condition deteriorated, and Sophie and her partner Matthew had to say goodbye to Luca.
Sophie said, “It was devastating for us as parents, watching his tiny body go through all the procedures. The hardest thing was that we weren’t able to hold him because of the oxygen machine he was hooked up to. The first time I was able to give my little boy a cuddle was after we had made the painful decision to turn his life support machine off.”
“Our little girl was expecting us to come home with her little brother, it was difficult for her to understand what was going on too.”
Sophie is determined to do whatever she can to help other families
Despite going through a very traumatic time, Sophie is determined to do whatever she can to help other families and has decided to fundraise for hospital charity, Leeds Cares.
Matthew and Sophie are so grateful for the care not only Luca, but their whole family received, “We want other parents and their babies to continue to receive the amazing support and care we did, and funding from charities like Leeds Cares will help make their experience as positive as possible.”
Sophie is hoping to raise £5,000 for the PICU. Thanks to support from family and friends, her online fundraising raffle has already raised almost £3,000, just 10 weeks after Luca passed away.
The raffle is open until the 7th August, visit the Facebook event to find out more and enter.
Sophie has been absolutely blown away by the support her family has received, “Luca was a little warrior and he deserves a legacy, as well as raising funds I want to raise awareness of baby loss and encourage people to be open and talk about it, as it’s often seen as a taboo subject.”
Click here to support the family’s fundraising efforts.