I recently heard about the children’s charity Teddy’s Wish, a charity set up by the brave mum and dad of Edward after he passed away at just 3 months old. This is their story…
“Edward Louis Reid was born at 5am on 18 January 2014. From the moment he arrived into the world he was healthy and strong. He was our big, perfect baby boy.
I had not had an easy pregnancy. I suffered morning sickness well into my second trimester, struggled with enduring pelvic pain and dealt with bleeding throughout. Predictably, a 60-hour labour followed. But as I lay exhausted with Edward safely in my arms, nothing else mattered.
He was the most perfect gift to us, his loving parents. Immediately, we felt a pure love greater than either of us could have imagined. Our desire to protect him was instant.
Tragically, three months later we were grieving his loss. Because, on 16th April, just 12 short weeks after those joyous first moments as parents, Edward became a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
We were broken.
As with many cases of SIDS, the doctors had no answers and we were left with no explanation as to why our beautiful son had suddenly gone. This only served to exaggerate our feelings of loss, confusion and helplessness. We failed, we felt as parents, no matter how unfair or untrue that seems.
How, we asked could a healthy, strong, baby die in his sleep? This lack of knowledge, this search for answers, has made our grieving so much more complex – and difficult to accept.
When we said goodbye to Edward in the hospital, we vowed that we would live our lives to make him proud. We told him we would do everything to honour his name. Natural order has been reversed, we have out lived our darling son and because of that we have set up this charity in his name.
We founded Teddy’s Wish to provide our broken lives with a purpose. We want to raise money so that other grieving families can receive the same support we are receiving. But more than that, we want to fund research so that at some point in the future, there will be no more grieving parents of tiny, perfect babies.”
Jen and Chris Reid, founders of Teddy’s Wish
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