Bereaved mum raises money for Homerton ‘cooling cot’ so parents can spend more time with babies who die

Fundraising: Maria Campbell with husband Gary. Picture: Campbell family

Fundraising: Maria Campbell with husband Gary. Picture: Campbell family - Credit: submitted maria campbell

A grieving mum is raising money for a special “cooling cot” at Homerton that would let parents of stillborn babies spend more time with them.

Maria Campbell’s seven children were all born at the hospital. Tragically, Cristiana was stillborn in May 2008, and Massimo only lived for “three wonderful days” before dying in 2013.

Maria, who grew up in Hackney but has since moved away, said: “We were able to hold Cristiana and spend time with her, but due to her fragile condition and the warm hospital environment we weren’t able to spend enough time making the memories we wanted to with her.

“We were able to make more memories with Massimo before he passed away. However, again, once he had died we were limited on the amount of time we could spend with him.”

She wants to raise £1,700 to buy a Flexmort Cuddle Cot for Homerton Hospital. The device, which keeps a baby cool, can be placed in cots, car seats and prams.

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Maria said: “Although it can never take away the pain of losing a child, this will give parents the opportunity to create memories to keep without feeling pressured or rushed.”

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