Cold cuddle cot donated to Kingaroy Hospital
A GENEROUS couple has donated a special cot for stillborn babies to Kingaroy Hospital after tragically realising its benefits.
Elissa and Grant Williams, from Toowoomba, lost their son, Archie, in July last year and used a cold cuddle cot, giving them valuable time with their boy.
"Because it was such a great thing having him there with us, we thought we'd raise some money for a cot for a country hospital that doesn't have one,” Mrs Williams said.
The couple collaborated with the Emerikus Land Foundation to raise funds.
According to the foundation, the cot is used to cool deceased neonates, allowing the family time to spend with the baby.
Mr Williams said they lost twins in 2008, when a cuddle cot was not available.
"When we didn't have a cuddle cot, we had to ask the nurses to bring them from the morgue,” he said.
"Just being able to walk over and look at Archie last year and pick him up, it eased the emotional side of it somewhat.
"We thought we would try and ease someone else's pain with pregnancy and infant loss.
"We knew how helpful it was to us.”
Mr Williams said it had been difficult to raise funds.
"We had to persevere,” he said.
"People aren't aware of cuddle cots and how common it is to lose a baby.”
"We have to break the silence,” Mrs Williams added.
Kingaroy Hospital nurse unit manager for women's and children's services Stacey Smith thanked Mr and Mrs Williams for their donation.
"Thankfully stillbirths are not a common occurrence at Kingaroy Hospital however, if families are faced with thistraumatic situation, they have the option of using a cuddle cot to spend as much time as they need with their baby, to help in the grieving process,” Ms Smith said.
"Grant and Elissa's fundraising efforts over the past six months are sincerely appreciated and we were very grateful to accept the cot in memory of their son, Archie.”