A family broken by the loss of their beautiful six-month-old baby boy is raising money for the charity that helped them through their heartbreak.
Leigh Irvine and Colin Neil aim to walk 6K around the James Hamilton Heritage Loch with family and friends next month to remember their ‘little angel’ Logan and raise funds for the bereavement charity, Brightest Star.
It provides memory boxes for grieving families as well as other support services.
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Logan was born with severe hydrocephalus and a chromosome 13 deletion, which doctors said would be life-limiting.
The diagnosis came as a complete shock to her devastated parents, from Lindsayfield to East Kilbride.
Leigh, 36, and Colin, 37, only knew about the complication during a 37-week scan – until then the excited expectant parents thought all was well with the pregnancy.
Their precious son was born in the emergency room just 10 hours after learning the devastating news and despite seven surgeries in his six months of life, he died in July.
leigh said Lanarkshire Live “We discovered the shocking news of Logan’s complications during a CT scan at Wishaw General.
“It went undiagnosed and was a shock to everyone. We were sent straight to Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow and he was born in the ER just 10 hours later.
“It was just heartbreaking – we didn’t know if he would take his first breath.
“I still don’t know how Colin managed to hold on to drive from Wishaw to Glasgow.
“My mom had Logan’s big brother, Lucas, and we had to try and tell mom what was going on without telling Lucas at this point. We were just broken.
“When Logan was born, we were told his condition was life limiting and we should just take every day as a blessing – no one was really sure what would happen.
“The little soul had to undergo seven surgeries in six months and five of those surgeries took place in her first seven weeks in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).”
Despite the enormous challenges Logan faced, he was eventually allowed to return home and Leigh and Colin managed to throw a party. so.
Amazingly, that was just weeks before he passed away.
“It was such a blessing that we were able to do this and we were so happy that our loved ones were able to meet Logan and that he spent time at home,” Leigh continued.
“He was a little warrior. We were told that after the operations he might need to be intubated and he might be a little groggy, but he came back awake and smiling – he had a smile that would light up a room.
“The staff at the Queen Elizabeth Sick Children’s Unit were absolutely amazing – they were angels to us.”
Due to hydrocephalus, Logan held his breath.
Leigh continued: “Our boy took an episode home and he was lit by Hairmyres; the paramedics were phenomenal, they couldn’t have been nicer to us.
“And the staff at Hairmyres went above and beyond – my mum and Lucas and ourselves were able to spend all the time we needed with him after he passed away, all the staff were so lovely.”
It was in the aftermath of their loss that the charity Brightest Star, through the Queen Elizabeth palliative care team, provided immeasurable support.
While the family had handprints of Logan, Brightest Star hosted hand and foot casts while he was at Heritage Funeral Care in EK.
“Brightest Star did absolutely everything for us, when we lost Logan we just weren’t in the frame of mind to do anything. And we wouldn’t even know where to start,” Leigh continued.
“But now we have the most amazing bronze cast of his foot and hand, which at the onset of grief gave us so much comfort. And without charity we wouldn’t have them.
“The keepsake box is full of things we’ll forever treasure like a teddy bear, which Logan also has and a lock of hair. I also have a necklace with his hand and foot prints and his dad has a key ring
“Overall, it’s been a tough year for us as we lost Logan’s grandfather in December, but we’re reassured that Logan is with him in his arms.”
And as well as remembering their boy at the charity walk on Saturday May 14, Leigh and Colin want to help others.
“We want to help other families going through this heartache and we know how precious memory boxes are and how much they mean to the whole family,” Leigh said.
The family would also like to thank the neighbors of Catacol who without whom the six months spent with Logan would have “been so much harder”, added Leigh.
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