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Baby Born 14 Weeks Early Dies Within Days of Catching Covid

A fund-raising campaign has been set up to give Ivy-Rose ‘as special send-off as possible’ (Picture: Simone Threlfall/MEN Media)

A couple has been left devastated after their baby girl died with Covid and other complications nine days after being born 14-weeks premature.

Ivy-Rose was born via emergency caesarean at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on October 13, after her mum, Katie Leeming, 22, caught coronavirus.

A week after being born, doctors discovered the newborn had also contracted the virus. She became seriously ill and died on October 22.

A fundraiser has been set up to help Ivy-Rose’s parents cover the cost of her funeral.

Katie, who works at Greggs, isolated at home with partner Lee Court, 25 and two sons Alfie and Charlie after catching Covid-19.

But after about 10-days she started to get worried as she couldn’t feel Ivy-Rose moving.

Katie went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where doctors connected her to a machine to monitor her baby’s movement.

After they detected reduced movement, the decision was made to deliver Ivy-Rose 14 weeks early.

Mum, Katie Leeming, 22, became worried when she couldn’t feel her baby girl moving (Picture: Simone Threlfall/MEN Media)

A week later doctors discovered she too had contracted the virus, as well as suffering from complications due to prematurity such as a pulmonary haemorrhage and a brain haemorrhage.

Her health deteriorated rapidly on October 21 and she died the following day in her parent’s arms.

The basic costs of the service are already covered but the fundraiser will help the family pay for a head-stone for Ivy-Rose, flowers and a horse-drawn hearse, which Katie would like her daughter to have.

Family friend Simone Threlfall, 25, who set up the campaign, told LancsLive: ‘They’re absolutely in bits at the moment and are being supported by friends and family and the bereavement midwives.

‘A cold cot has been arranged for the family to make memories as it’s better for the boys to spend a little time with Ivy-Rose rather than Katie explaining to them that her sister was coming and then is gone again so soon.’

Simone, who met Katie in hospital when they both had premature births around five years ago, said friends wanted to make Ivy-Rose’s send-off ‘as special as possible’.

She said: ‘It’s been really difficult as they’ve had to keep Alfie off school with them so this more positive for the boys too if possible and help her two big brothers show their little rainbow angel off to the world.

‘Her family will be massively appreciative of any contributions and I would love for this money, no matter how big or how small the donations are, to be able to help create the most beautiful send-off.’

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