In mem­ory of Lochlan and in hon­our of Lilly

Fam­ily or­gan­ise fundraiser for their amaz­ing twins

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

It should have been one of the hap­pi­est weeks in the lives of Laura and David Wright when Laura gave birth to twins in Novem­ber last year.

But their mem­o­ries will al­ways re­main bit­ter­sweet for the cou­ple from To­ry­glen.

On Novem­ber 15, Laura gave birth to Lochlan and Lilly.

The pair were over two month pre­ma­ture.

Doc­tors at the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Univer­sity Hospi­tal bat­tled for five days to save Lochlan’s life, but sadly, on Novem­ber 20, he passed away.

Lilly spent the next seven months on oxy­gen 24 hours a day due to her un­der­de­vel­oped lungs, but is now on track to make a full re­cov­ery hav­ing been taken off her oxy­gen.

At first, doc­tors didn’t even think Lochlan would sur­vive the birth.

Dur­ing her preg­nancy, Laura, 28, and David, 30, were told his skele­ton was not grow­ing prop­erly mean­ing his lungs had not de­vel­oped.

But doc­tors man­aged to give them five pre­cious days with their lit­tle one, and it is be­cause of that Laura is hop­ing to raise money for the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal char­ity.

“The doc­tors did so much to even give us those five days with him,” Laura said.

“They also did so much for out lit­tle girl. We wanted to give other fam­i­lies the chance we were given.”

Look­ing back on the days lead­ing up to and im­me­di­ately af­ter the birth, Laura ad­mits it was like look­ing at some­one else go­ing through the or­deal.

She ex­plained: “It’s just a whirl­wind. You have mixed emo­tions be­cause there is a baby there who is go­ing to be ok but you are dev­as­tated about Lochlan. It feels like a life­time ago, like you are look­ing in on some­one else.

“The mem­o­ries are bit­ter­sweet. You are so aware of ev­ery­one around you, think­ing they will think you are too happy. It’s so hard.”

Laura, David and their other son, six- year- old Jaxon, were help­less as doc­tors tried valiantly to give Lochlan the best chance of life.

But even­tu­ally, af­ter de­vel­op­ing ad­di­tional com­pli­ca­tions in his kid­neys, the gut wrench­ing news came that noth­ing more could be done.

Laura, who works with the Scot­tish Youth The­atre, said: “David strug­gled more when Lochlan was still here and I took the strong role but when it came to it...

“We had time with both of them in the one room. The doc­tors were able to move them to­gether and we were able to get those mem­o­ries with the pair of them. That was amaz­ing for the hospi­tal to do that.

“They tried dif­fer­ent things but even­tu­ally his wee body could not take it any more and they had to make the de­ci­sion.

“It was dev­as­tat­ing. It is hard to de­scribe the feel­ings you go through. It was painful, phys­i­cally painful. Even if you are ex­pect­ing it, it is never eas­ier.

“We never had the time to grieve be­cause the very next day we had to go back to the same hospi­tal and the same room for Lilly. Jaxon was re­ally con­fused at first and was ask­ing where Lochlan was.

“To a cer­tain ex­tent, you know you have to keep go­ing for your other baby.”

Laura has now or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing night on Fri­day, Au­gust 19 at the 20 So­cial Club in Ruther­glen in mem­ory of Lochlan and in hon­our of Lilly.

Two days later, she and her friends will take part in a ‘one­sie walk’ through Ruther­glen to raise even more money for the char­ity.

Tick­ets for the night are al­ready sold out but mem­bers of the pub­lic can con­tinue to sup­port their fundrais­ing ef­forts on their Just Giv­ing page.

Ex­plain­ing her mo­ti­va­tion, Laura said: “The doc­tors were amaz­ing. The job they and the nurses do is un­be­liev­able.

“They were al­ways so pos­i­tive and that re­ally helps when you are in a sit­u­a­tion like that. We didn’t even think we would get to meet him. It’s still dif­fi­cult.

“You get good days and you get bad days but we try and look at it as a pos­i­tive that we got those five days we never ex­pected.”

To help Laura and David raise as much money as pos­si­ble, go to www. just­giv­ing. com/ fundrais­ing/ Laura-Wright39?utm_ s o u rce= Face­book& utm_ medium=fundrais­ing­page&utm_ con­tent=Laura-Wright39&utm_ cam­paign=pfp-share

Fighter Lit­tle Lochlan de­fied the doc­tors by even sur­viv­ing his birth and liv­ing for five pre­cious days

Happy day Laura and David on their wed­ding day in Fe­bru­ary 2015

Brotherly love Jaxon Wright with his baby sis­ter, Lilly

Pretty in pink Lit­tle Lilly is thriv­ing

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