A Queensland mum had no idea on New Year’s eve that it would be the last time she’d be putting her newborn daughter to bed.
Monique Davey from Townsville put her five-month-old twins Harper and Hudson down for a nap in their cots on December 31 hoping to wake them up in a few hours to watch the anticipated midnight fireworks at the park to welcome in 2017.
While Monique’s older children Logan, seven, Levi, six and Jacob, one, were getting ready, she thought she’d check up on her newborns one hour after putting them down.
As she entered their room, she saw baby Harper’s foot had turned yellow. When she took a closer look, she noticed her daughter had turned cold and wasn’t breathing.
The shocked mum yelled at the top of her lungs and called her partner Darren Stephens into the room.
“He immediately started CPR and screamed call the ambulance,” she recalled the tragedy in her emotional post on GoFundMe.
When the paramedics arrived Monique said: “I was just screaming, they came and whisked her away. We raced down the hospital friends met us there to take the kids.
“15 minutes later, the doctor came in and told us it's unsuccessful. I was begging to tell them to give me an answer why did she die? WHY WHY WHY?”
Despite their efforts trying to resuscitate baby Harper, she passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “She died painless,” Monique said.
“I wish it was something more than just SIDS, then I would have an answer. She just went to sleep and never woke up,” the devastated mum told The Townsville Bulletin.
“Little did I know that it would be our last cuddle,” she said, speaking about the last time she popped her little angel to bed on NYE.
Harper and Hudson were born 10 weeks premature and had only recently come home from hospital.
Monique told the publication: “Premature babies have a higher risk of SIDS but I read a thousand pamphlets and heard a thousand stories but I never thought it was something that could happen to us.”
The family had no idea their 2017 would begin the way it did and now they’re grieving the loss of their newborn daughter and sister who will be loved and missed forever.
As well as emotional suffering, Monique and Darren are also under financial strain and have taken to Go Fund Me to raise funds for their late baby girl.
Darren has since quit his job to to stay at home and support the family, who have four weeks to gather funds to arrange Harper’s funeral.
They have raised $4,595 of $5,000 within three days thanks to 133 people.
To donate to the family’s Go Fund Me campaign for baby Harper, click here.