Using bags of frozen peas, a grieving couple created their own cooling cot so they could say goodbye to their 12-day-old baby boy when he passed away.
Thomas Taylor, the son of Alice and Sam Taylor, experienced a heart arrest on November 22, 2017, following the onset of a viral illness.
The baby’s parents, from Prenton, Wirral, told The Mirror that they wanted to take the newborn home in a cuddling cot so they could spend time with him before the funeral after the baby unfortunately died upon arrival at Alder Hey.
A cuddle cot is a cooling device that keeps a dead infant cool for up to five days while allowing families time to be with their babies and for distant family members to get to know them.
On the advise of the hospital personnel, Alice, 27, and Sam, 29, had to make their own since none were available. This allowed the family time to say their final goodbyes.
Alice recalled sitting in the Asda parking lot with Thomas in her arms and waiting for Sam to come out, calling the scene “bizarre.”
The former instructor continued, “I could have held him forever,” and “I never wanted [the trip home] to end.”
Alice argued that even though the pair was in an unusual situation, it felt right to return Thomas to his rightful place at home.
She claimed it gave her and Sam opportunity to spend priceless moments with their young son before burying him.