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Mum’s ‘world was broken’ after ‘beautiful’ baby died in her sleep

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A mum whose “world was broken” when her baby girl died wants to keep her name alive by raising awareness and money for everyone who has lost a baby.

Faye Hughes said she woke to a “living nightmare” the minute she discovered her youngest child had passed away from unknown causes.

Ms Hughes opened up to North Wales Live about losing her eight-month old daughter Jorgie-May Nancy Thorpe in her quest to honour all “angel babies”.

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The mum, who has four other children, said Jorgie-May had been ill for a number of months after being diagnosed with bronchitis.

But on the fateful night on June 12, 2018 Ms Hughes said “nothing would settle her” and Jorgie-May died in her sleep.

Ms Hughes, 31, said: “I was the luckiest mummy alive to have beautiful children” – but her “world was broken” after the heartbreaking news.

Ms Hughes said Jorgie-May’s troubles began two months after she was born when she was admitted to hospital in Bangor in December 2017.

She had problems with her breathing and was later transferred to Alder Hey and put on a ventilator.

Ms Hughes said: “She was so poorly she was nearly vented off (put on a ventilator) and taken to Alder Hey.

“I thought that was the worst day, but that was still to come.

“Jorgie scared the doctors because she couldn’t keep oxygen in her body or generate it around her body like other children.

“She was monitored at Bangor in case we did have to go to Alder Hey, but my girl smashed it and was allowed home in time for her brother and sister’s Christmas shows.

“She was finally diagnosed with bronchitis.

“From that moment on, we were regulars at the doctors and hospitals.

“We had an amazing Christmas at home as a family. ‘Bring on 2018,’ we all cheerfully said on New Year’s Eve.

“But we were still regular patients at the doctors come January, February, March, April and May because I was so scared for her breathing.

“I remember a doctors appointment where Jorgie had to be put on a nebuliser because her breathing was bad.”

Ms Hughes said on the night of June 12, 2018 Jorgie-May “didn’t seem right” and was full of a cold.

She added “nothing would settle Jorgie” so she took her downstairs for “mummy snuggles”.

Mum Faye Hughes said Jorgie-May was a “happy, beautiful baby”

Ms Hughes put her to sleep next to her and they both fell asleep.

But in the night tragedy occurred and when Ms Hughes woke she knew something was wrong.

She said: “It was 7am the next morning when I woke and something was telling me to look at Jorgie.

“That feeling no mum should ever feel. My world was broken.

“My Jorgie-May fell silently to sleep. I just knew in my heart she was gone. I just remember screaming my house down.

“The days after her funeral most of the time were a blur.”

Ms Hughes said baby loss isn’t a subject that is often spoken about and that there are thousands of parents living with overwhelming grief on a daily basis.

That’s why she has thrown her weight behind several campaigns and events to raise awareness and has set up a fundraising page.

The next event she is organising is a ‘Sleeping Babies Fundraiser’ to raise money for the Lullaby Trust which supported Ms Hughes and her family through their bereavement.

She said: “When Jorgie-May grew her wings, the support from the Lullaby Trust was absolutely amazing. They even provided toys and books for the kids to help them cope with their loss.”

Jorgie-May Nancy Thorpe died in her sleep in June 2018
Mum Faye Hughes opened up to try and help others

Paying tribute to Jorgie-May, Ms Hughes added: “Jorgie was a happy, beautiful baby who warmed everyone’s hearts.

“Everyone she met instantly fell in love with her. She will always be remembered and will never be forgotten.

“Let’s keep our babies’ memories lit so bright and remember them with smiles or tears.”

You can donate to Ms Hughes’ fundraiser here.

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