SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — A Utah couple is using their experience of loss to help other families of stillborn babies.
Roughly 26,000 babies are stillborn in the U.S. every year or one in 160 pregnancies.
It is one of the most excruciating experiences a mother and family could go through, many times with no explanation why their baby didn’t survive.
When the tragedy does happen, one Utah couple wants families to be able to spend as much time as they want with their little one through a cooling device called a Cuddle Cot.
“Harvi was born on May 24, 2016.”
But little Harvi had no heart beat.
Marki and Patrick Hinkle spent 5 hours with their little girl, time that took a toll on their baby’s body.
“we saw her tiny body falling apart right in front of us. It’s something no parent should have to see.”
So the couple raised thousands of dollars to donate one Cuddle Cot to the University of Utah Hospital and another to St. Mark’s Hospital.
They want to make sure other parents get a chance to grieve in their own way as long as they want with their baby
The portable cooling device is placed in the bassinet to preserve the newborn baby’s body.
Marki, “they offer families the gift of time.”
Rita Aguilar, Labor and Delivery Nursing Director, U of U, “from the bottom of my heart and this organization thank you for your generosity and for sharing your story.”
The couple says a Cuddle Cot had arrived at Intermountain Medical Center two weeks after their tragedy.
Marki, “it would’ve made all the difference to have more time with our girl.”
Cuddle Cots are made in the UK and cost around $3,000.
The couple raised the money through selling bracelets and pins in Harvi’s honor.
Marki, “she was born, but she was still born.”
The couple believes every hospital should have a Cuddle Cot and they are on their way to raising funds for a third Cuddle Cot.
Marki and Patrick are expecting their rainbow child later this month.