Turning tragedy into hope

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Turning tragedy into hope thumbnailTara and Chris Devaney with their son Fionn. WK35-04TM

A HEARTBROKEN couple have turned tragedy into hope by ensuring that other grieving parents can treasure precious memories of their last moments with lost little ones.
Tara and Christopher Devaney decided to fundraise for a new camera for the Causeway Hospital's maternity unit, despite being devastated by the death of their baby son Christopher earlier this year.
Photographs taken following Christopher's birth in May are now among the Devaneys' most prized possessions.
Just months earlier the couple had discovered their baby had Anencephaly, a rare condition that prevents the normal development of the brain and skull bones. Almost all babies diagnosed with Anencephaly die before birth.
Tara, who is from Coleraine and now lives in Kilrea, was told that her baby had the condition following her 14-week scan at the Causeway Hospital, where she is an auxiliary nurse.
She recalled: "They thought I would lose my baby that week but, for the next 10, I went to the Causeway for weekly scans to find out if my baby's heart was still beating.
“I could have gone to England for a termination but wasn't physically, or emotionally, capable of making the journey. Carrying a baby that you know is going to die is indescribable. But I didn't think it would go on for so long and wanted the baby to pass away in his own time."
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