September 29th, 2016

Couple from Bromsgrove launch fund-raising campaign to buy headstone to remember baby Freya

Updated: 8:07 am, Mar 17, 2016

A COUPLE from Bromsgrove have appealed for Standard readers’ help in raising £1,500 to buy a headstone for their daughter who died when she was just eight minutes old.

Aimee Garner, who is originally from Rock Hill and went to North Bromsgrove High School, and her fiance Sam Limmage who is from Charford and went to South Bromsgrove High, were thrilled when they were pregnant with twins last year.

But the 12-week scan revealed there were problems with one of their babies.

Baby Freya was suffering with chromosome disorder Trisomy 13, a condition where all or a portion of chromosome 13 appears three times (trisomy) rather than twice in cells of the body.

The impact on the child and their life expectancy depends on the severity of the Trisomy 13 and which cells in the body are affected.

On May 31 last year, Aimee had to give birth early – at 25 weeks – and Freya only survived for eight minutes.

Her brother Freddie is now ten months old . He has a chronic lung disease and is on home oxygen but is otherwise doing well.

At the time, a funeral was held for Freya at Gornal Crematorium, near to where the pair now live.

But the couple, who also have two-year-old daughter Daisy, were unable to fund a headstone as a lasting memorial for their daughter.

And now they have launched a campaign in a bid to raise £1,000 so they can have a permanent memorial for Freya.

March is also Trisomy Awareness Month so the pair have also been highlighting the condition their daughter suffered with.

Aimee said: “It would be nice if we could create a spot where we and our family and friends could go to remember Freya – especially on special occasions like the anniversary of her birthday.

“It would also be a place where Freddie and Daisy could go when they get older to remember their sister.”

Visit the Freya’s Headstone fund-raising page to donate to the couple’s cause.