This post is written out of love, pride and with the deepest sorrow we shall ever feel. We just want to share our story.
Our much fought for son, Leo Phoenix, was born sleeping on 17th January 2016 at 2:33am, weighing 6lb 4oz. We found out the news that he had passed away two days earlier, so we had a bit of time to prepare to finally meet our son.
Although tragic, this time has been bittersweet for us. We have been able to spend time with Leo, hold him, and create memories that will never be forgotten. With every person we have had to break this news to, we are increasingly humbled by everyone’s kind words and actions, and to witness how much love Leo had waiting for him… this makes us the proudest of parents.
We would like to share the incredible work of the teams at the John Radcliffe Women’s Centre. If ever there was an advert for a profession, the midwifes who have cared for us, Leo and our families are it. There are no words to adequately describe them.
They are supported by the Ashfield Fund and the SANDS charity. Without these two, they would not have been able to provide the level of care, support or memories that we have received. We only hope other families around the country are able to access this support and therefore wish to dedicate our futures to supporting them in many ways.
So many people are already doing things in Leo’s name, and this means so much to us. We will be keeping a track of money raised, blankets knitted, stamps collected etc – if you are wanting to support them in any way, please do keep us updated so we know the true value of Leo’s legacy.
Your story may be short Leo, but it’s your story, and we will continue to write it for you. We are so very proud of you and your mummies will always love you, Leo Phoenix.
8 thoughts on “Leo Phoenix, Born 17.01.16”
Many hugs to you, mama.
I hate that Im here, looking for friends that understand. Because I dont want to understand any of this. The club nobody wants to be in, but thank goodness it exists. My sweet Ivy was born still due to a cord accident on 1.22.17. Im still trying to catch my breath.
I am so so sorry that you do understand and that Ivy couldn’t stay. What a gorgeous name! Xx
Hi, so sorry for your story. I do not understand the reason of his dearh and why there is blood on his face. May I ask you ? Thanks
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We think he died because his placenta was too small, and he showed signs of slowed growth in the third trimester, so potentially couldn’t cope with a drop of oxygen or blood flow perhaps. We don’t know the exact cause. They can’t tell us that. All babies are born with blood on them – but as he had died already, his skin was very fragile so he only got a light clean.
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Many hugs to you. I’m so sorry you lost your son.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Leo .
The way you have told his story is so powerful,so real and so bloody raw it is the closest anyone who’s lucky enough to not have to go through the loss of a baby could ever come to having an inkling as to what a bleak, dark and nightmarish experience it must be …
I am blessed enough to never know what it’s like to go through a pregnancy and leave the hospital with empty arms and a heart that is broken but I have plenty of friends who have been through this ,and my own heart truly hurts for each and every one of you ..
Thank you so much for sharing your story ,
Sending so much love to you all Xxx