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A heartbroken Alford mother who tried five times to have a child only to miscarry or suffer devastating deaths raises funds to pay for her little boy Archie’s funeral.
Hayley Collins was born with severe heart disease in which only part of a ventricle was formed. For context, a typically healthy human heart has two ventricles and two atria, Hayley only has part of one ventricle.
She has undergone multiple open heart surgeries in her 29-year life, but at the age of 18 she was told he could never have or carry a child.
Nevertheless, she became pregnant for the first time in 2016 and had spontaneous labor with an emergency caesarean section after 26 weeks.
Freddie, their first child, was born in September 2016 but only survived three weeks after developing necrotizing enterocolitis, which inflames the intestines and develops severe intestinal infections.
Following this, Hayley tragically suffered three unfortunate miscarriages, which left her perplexed in her dreams of bearing a child.
After meeting her current partner, Dave, she became pregnant for the fifth time in 2020, but complications arose this time too.
In the 26th week of pregnancy, on July 15, 2021, Hayley went to the hospital for an exam and found that her baby’s heart rate dropped significantly.
It was decided that Hayley would have another emergency C-section to keep her from going through a stillbirth, and Archie was born.
Tragically, he had severe bleeding from his brain and intestines and only survived a week before the difficult decision was made on July 23 to turn off his ventilator.
Hayley managed to say goodbye to their firstborn child, Freddie, but with finances very tight, they worry that they won’t be able to hold a big funeral for Archie.
A fundraiser has been launched to help Hayley and Dave on their way and she has already received £ 1,000 in donations.
It was set up by Hayley’s sister, Chelsea Collins, who shared the troubled memories of Archie’s last day before his ventilator was removed.
“We had a lot of cuddles with him on his last day,” said Chelsea. “As we cuddled, his satiety sank. He had 97% oxygen, but his saturation couldn’t go above 76%.
“It was obvious that he was dying of us and the time had come. We removed the ventilator and about five minutes later he passed away peacefully. “
The funds raised will be used for transport costs to the funeral, a grave for him near his brother, a tombstone and a coffin, and other organizational costs.
If you’d like to donate to the cause, visit the GoFundMe page.