New dad ‘dropped to knees and screamed’ when baby died four hours after birth
A devastated mum has opened up about her and her partner's heartbreak after spending just "four precious hours" with their newborn son before he died.
Cassie Hylans and her partner Steven Hale, 25, discovered their baby Freddie-Philip would not survive at the 20-week scan, but decided to continue the pregnancy nonetheless.
She gave birth normally and he was born breathing – so the pair savoured every second by having cuddles, taking pictures and getting his hand and footprints taken.
However, Cassie, 27, said the pair were left feeling like their "world had stopped" when Freddie-Philip then passed away.
"As he took his last breath my partner dropped to his knees and screamed," she said. "It was the hardest thing you could ever go through.
"It was so surreal just watching it happen and not being able to do anything to help keep him alive."
Cleaner Cassie, from Staffordshire, gave birth to Freddie-Philip on November 29, 2016, and despite the tragedy she is still thankful for that precious time with him, reports Stoke on Trent Live.
She said: "At the 20-week scan I found out that I have a genetic condition called Kallman Syndrome, which has a 50 per cent chance of being passed on to boys.
"It meant that I had no fluid (around him) and Freddie-Philip's kidneys were covered in cysts. They gave me lots of options, which I refused.
"We knew he wouldn’t survive but at the end of the day he was still my baby and I was growing him. I wanted to see his face and give him a cuddle. He was ours.
"He was born breathing, so we had four hours of unexpected precious time with him.
"I gave birth on the normal labour ward and we took tonnes of pictures, had cuddles with him and the vicar came and gave him a blessing. We still talk to her to this day.
"The nurses were amazing and gave us two teddies and a keepsake memory box with his handprints and footprints in. It was really special."
Cassie and her family were supported by staff at the Snowdrop Suite, a special unit for bereaved parents at Burton's Queen's Hospital.
Cassie said: "My mum and partner were there with me the whole way through and I can’t remember that much because it was all a blur.
"We could spend as much time with him as we wanted the nurses left us to it and we were at the end of the labour ward so we didn’t have to see new mums walking around with their babies."
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