A PRECIOUS baby girl, whose battle for life lasted only five days, is to be remembered with a fundraising effort by her heartbroken parents.
October 24 should have been one of the happiest days in Jarrow couple Karl and Gemma Murphy’s life as they prepared to welcome their first-born into the world.
However, complications led to Gemma undergoing an emergency Caesarean section after their baby girl’s heart rate began to drop.
Doctors rushed Lana Kaye to the special care baby unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary but despite their best efforts, medical staff were unable to save her.
Lana Kaye, who had been born at 42 weeks, weighing 6lb, died five days later surrounded by her grief stricken parents, grandparents and family.
Now, the couple, from Fellgate, Jarrow, have arranged a football match in memory of their baby girl which will help raise funds for the Tiny Lives Trust, which helps support sick and premature babies and their families across the North East and Cumbria.
Gemma said: “The whole experience has been absolutely heartbreaking and difficult to comprehend. It still feels quite surreal, and it’s hard to believe.”
An investigation into Lana’s death revealed two rare complications had occurred and gone undetected – including a blood clot in the umbilical cord so Lana was not getting enough oxygen or nutrients needed to grow properly.
She added: “To think we had nine months of excitement and preparation for our new arrival and she was only with us for a matter of days.
“She was perfect and absolutely beautiful, and we want Lana Kaye’s memory to live on. From the day of her birth our lives and the lives of our family have been changed forever.
“She is a little angel now, helping other poorly babies and their families. We no longer have our beautiful baby girl, but we are channelling our time and effort into something positive.”
The couple have already raised £1,805 for the charity through a collection at Lana Kaye’s funeral and asking for donations in lieu of flowers.
They are being helped to organise this weekend’s event by close friends including Andrew Brabbs, a physical training instructor with the RAF.
Karl said: “Although it was absolutely heartbreaking for Gemma and I when Lana Kaye passed away, we feel so lucky to have had Tiny Lives there to support us.
“Without them we would not have able to create such special memories in the short time she was with us. As a result, we want to give something back to help support other parents in the future.”
The charity football match will take place on Saturday at Filtrona Park, South Shields, gates open at 1pm.
Everyone is welcome to support the players. There will also be a raffle and buffet after the match.
The event is free to attend, but any contributions will be gratefully received.
For more information, contact www.justgiving.com/Karl-Murphy1