New Mom Spent 16 days Caring For Her ᴅᴇᴀᴅ Baby
Parents who spent 16 days with their ᴅᴇᴀᴅ baby girl have shared ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ photos from the experience which they ᴄʟᴀɪᴍ was an enormous emotional help. Charlotte Szakacs, 21, and her husband Attila, 28, were ɢɪᴠᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ɴᴇᴡs ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʙᴀʙʏ ɢɪʀʟ Eᴠʟʏɴ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ᴅᴇʙɪʟɪᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇ ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴛʏ after 20 week sᴄᴀɴ in September 2016. She had a completely normal pregnancy until a 20 week sᴄᴀɴ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ Eᴠʟʏɴ’s ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏᴘᴇʀʟʏ and she had a ʜʏᴘᴏᴘʟᴀsᴛɪᴄ ᴀᴏʀᴛɪᴄ ᴀʀᴄʜ.
Doctors ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴇᴅ and ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ Fʟᴜɪᴅ ᴛᴇsᴛs which ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ Eᴠʟʏɴ ʜᴀᴅ ᴜɴʙᴀʟᴀɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇ ᴛʀᴀɴsʟᴏᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ – ᴀ ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ that can go unnoticed in parents but in the baby’s development causes two ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ sᴡɪᴛᴄʜ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇs, ʀᴇsᴜʟᴛɪɴɢ ɪɴ ᴍɪssɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɢᴇɴᴇs. Cʜᴀʀʟᴏᴛᴛᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ sᴄᴀɴs every two weeks throughout her pregnancy and at 37 weeks, Evlyn was delivered by ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ʙʟᴏᴏd flow to her mum’s placenta had started to Fᴀɪʟ.When Evlyn was born on December 13 at Leeds General Infirmary weighing just 5lbs 5oz, she had an ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘᴇᴅ ʙʀᴀɪɴ, ɴᴀʀʀᴏᴡ ᴀɪʀᴡᴀʏs ɪɴ ʜᴇʀ ɴᴏsᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴜɴɢs ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ɴᴀʀʀᴏᴡ ᴀᴏʀᴛᴀ. The newborn was ʀᴜsʜᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀ as soon as she was born and mum Charlotte did not get to see her for seven hours – and could not hold her for three days. Evlyn’s ɴᴀʀʀᴏᴡᴇᴅ ᴀɪʀᴡᴀʏs meant she could not ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ on her own and so could not have the ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ sʜᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. Even if the little girl had pulled through, doctors told her parents she would have faced a life with hearing, sight and speech problems and sᴇᴠᴇʀᴇ ᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʟ and physical ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛɪᴇs.
Despite ʙᴀᴛᴛʟɪɴɢ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs for four weeks, the baby ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ in her parents’ arms on January 10 at Martin House Hospice in Wetherby. Charlotte and Attila stayed at the hospice for 12 days while Evlyn was kept in a refrigerated ‘ᴄᴜᴅᴅʟᴇ ᴄᴏᴛ’. The first-time parents were allowed to take her out for walks – before they took Evlyn home for four days before her Fᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ on January 26. 2017“The Fᴜɴᴇʀᴀl was really difficult because then reality really started to kick in. Even though we’re in so much ᴘᴀɪɴ now, it is a relief to know that Evlyn is in a better place. I would love to have her here, I would give so much to have that, but we have no idea what her life would have been like. At ʟᴇᴀsᴛ ɴᴏᴡ sʜᴇ ɪsɴ’ᴛ sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ.”She said: ‘I was really nervous about bringing her home because I didn’t know if it would feel right but it was so nice to have her there. And it wasn’t just for us but for Evlyn so she got to come home. A cold cot allowed Evlyn’s parents to spend extra time with their daughter after she had ᴅɪᴇᴅ, and some parents tell us that spending time with their babies at home or in hospital can help them with the ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇss. I would ᴜʀɢᴇ anyone who has been ᴀFFᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ of a baby to contact us.’