Premature baby died after Blackpool mother caught Covid while pregnant

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Baby Ivy-Rose passed away in her mum and dad’s arms on October 22

 

Ivy-Rose sadly died after complications of Coivd-19 and prematurity
Ivy-Rose sadly died after complications of Covid-19 and prematurity (Image: Simone Threlfall)

A Blackpool couple has been left devastated after their baby girl passed away due to being born prematurely because of Covid-19.

Earlier this month pregnant mum, 22-year-old , who works at Greggs bakery chain, contracted coronavirus and began to become concerned after she couldn’t feel any movement from the baby.

Katie had been isolating for around ten days with her two sons, Alfie, 4, and Charlie, 3, and her partner Lee Court, 25.

She wasn’t sure whether the lack of movement was down to feeling unwell and contacted the day unit at Blackpool Victoria hospital to check.

It was there that Katie was put on a machine which detected reduced movement and the decision was made to deliver her baby girl 14 weeks early via an emergency caesarean at Blackpool Victoria hospital.

As well as having this very difficult start in life, Ivy-Rose also tested positive for Covid-19 around a week later and suffered other complications due to prematurity such as a pulmonary haemorrhage and a brain haemorrhage.

23-year-old Katie Leeming with Ivy-Rose who was born 14 weeks premature
23-year-old Katie Leeming with Ivy-Rose who was born 14 weeks premature (Image: Simone Threlfall)

Sadly, the baby’s health deteriorated rapidly on October 21 and she passed away a day later on October 22 in her mum and dad’s arms.

The couple’s friend, 25-year-old Simone Threlfall, met Katie around five years ago in hospital due to them both having previous premature births.

Mum to three children herself, Simone has now set up a fundraising page to help the couple with the funeral arrangements.

The basic costs of the funeral are being covered however her parents will have to cover costs of additional things such as her headstone, flowers and a horse drawn hearse which Katie would really like.

Simone told LancsLive: “They’re absolutely in bits at the moment and are being supported by friends and family and the bereavement midwives.

“A cold cot has been arranged for the family to make memories as it’s better for the boys to spend a little time with Ivy-Rose rather than Katie explaining to them that her sister was coming and then is gone again so soon.

“We just want to make Ivy-Rose’s send off as special as possible. It’s been really difficult as they’ve had to keep Alfie off school with them so this more positive for the boys too if possible and help her two big brothers show their little rainbow angel off to the world.

“Her family will be massively appreciative of any contributions and I would love for this money, no matter how big or how small the donations are, to be able to help create the most beautiful send off.”

So far, the fundraising amount stands at £610 however there is still a way off the page’s target which is £2,000.

To donate to Simone’s Go Fund Me page, please visit here.