Baby dies in mum’s arms after just 7 minutes despite ‘normal’ pregnancy symptoms

A devastated mum and dad described their agony at watching their baby girl die in their arms just minutes after she was born.

Kayleigh Kavanagh and Peter Oaks cradled their daughter Dollie-Mae for seven minutes of her short life before she died.

The couple were overjoyed to find out they were expecting a baby together, but their joy soon turned to despair, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Peter, 22, said everything was going well until Kayleigh was 15 weeks pregnant and she started bleeding in the shower.

He said: "It was terrifying. We showed the hospital the clots because we were so worried, we just knew it wasn't normal."

Scans revealed that Kayleigh's waters had broken early, also known as preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM).

Kayleigh from Wirral, Merseyside, spent three weeks in hospital "bed-bound" and needing blood and iron transfusions due to the amount of blood she was losing every day.

Peter said: "At first they did not seem too worried as they said our baby was growing well, but we were both panicking.

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"Then we were told her lungs weren't growing meaning she wouldn't be able to breathe when she was born and that she could be severely disabled with cerebral palsy."

PPROM carries an increased risk of infection and going into labour early, and Kayleigh duly found out she was in labour at just 22 weeks.

Heartbroken Peter said: "She was born alive. Everything about her was perfect, she looked like a perfect, tiny healthy baby.

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"I was the first to hold her and she wasn't moving, but (her heart) was beating, I could feel her, it was heart breaking.

"I passed her to Kay, and she took her last breathes on her mum's chest.

"We chose the name Dollie-Mae before she was born and when she came it suited her so well because she looked just like a little doll."

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Tragic Dollie-Mae weighed just 310g (0.6lb) when she was born.

Peter said: "There were two people in the hospital who were amazing and helped us through, Danielle and Mel, they checked we were okay and helped us sort getting prints of Dollie's hands and feet.

"We now have little keyrings so we can keep her with us at all times."

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The couple are now trying to raise money to pay for a headstone for their daughter.

Peter said: "We want her to have the best send off, she was our little girl.

"I lost five weeks of work when Kayleigh went into hospital and I am not even sure I will make £300 this month, it has been so hard.

"My dad told me the best way through the pain and grief was to talk about her and share the memories otherwise it can just build up."

Kayleigh and Peter now want to build a gravestone for their daughter.

They have set up a GoFundMe target of £3,000 to pay for their Dollie-Mae stone.

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