Plymouth parents' plea for help in raising funds for baby's headstone
A YOUNG couple have spoken of their devastation at losing their baby daughter.
Alex-Mae was stillborn last August at Derriford Hospital.
Now her distraught parents are trying to raise funds for a headstone for where Alex-Mae was laid to rest, at St John's Church, Hooe.
Danielle Wyman, Alex-Mae's mother, suffered from the same illness that left Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, in hospital at the start of her pregnancy.
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Danielle, 20, said: "I was really poorly throughout my pregnancy I had to go into hospital because I had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
"Basically I was throwing up 20 to 25 times a day, I couldn't keep anything down at all.
"One day I hadn't felt her move all morning, I was 33 weeks pregnant.
"We went into the hospital and they did a scan, that's when they said they couldn't find her heartbeat.
"They sent me home and two days later I went in to do a natural delivery.
"I was on three different types of medication, I was ill from about eight weeks into the pregnancy until the day I gave birth."
Simon Creissen, 22, is Danielle's partner and Alex-Mae's father. He said: "Because Danielle couldn't keep food down Alex-Mae wasn't getting enough nutrients and eventually all her organs closed down.
"Because we're both unemployed at the minute we can't afford to save up enough for what we want to give her.
"We just want people to understand how important it is to us, even though she was stillborn she is still a child and its important to look after her even thought she's not with us."
The couple now hope to raise £1,600 to pay for a headstone and kerbset for Alex-Mae's grave.
Danielle added: "Her middle name is Star so she got bought a lot of gifts that relate to that, a friend even got a star named after her.
"We want a star-shaped headstone and the kerbset that goes round the outside of the grave.
"Any money raised on top of what we need will go to a charity called Towards Tomorrow Together, which is to help parents of stillborns.
"They're going to be using the money down here in Plymouth at Derriford Hospital.
"We have raised around £140 so far and had some really generous donations for a raffle we're organising."
Danielle and Simon are organising a sponsored walk around Saltram on February 16th as well as the raffle to raise money.
Prizes in the raffle include Family passes to Jump, a family pass to Dartmoor Zoo and carvery, wine and dessert at the Plymstock Inn.
For more information or to donate email Danielle at email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/AlexMaesBedFund.