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Hayden and Jessica Crawford (left), their family and fundraiser supporters pictured with the donated cuddle cot

Cuddle cot gives families the gift of time

06 Jun 2018


A special refrigerated cot, known as a ‘cuddle cot’, has been donated to Lithgow Hospital from Orange-based couple, Jessica and Hayden Crawford and their families.

Cuddle cots enable parents who have suffered the loss of a baby more time to say goodbye to their child, who can stay with them in the refrigerated cot for a number of days.

The Crawfords lost their baby girl, Lilly Rae, at 22 weeks in November and were able to spend three precious days with her making memories and saying goodbye thanks to the availability of a cuddle cot at Orange Base Hospital.

The couple decided to fundraise through to Emerikus Land Foundation to purchase a cuddle cot, valued at $6,000, to gift to a hospital. Their efforts were so well supported by the Orange community that they raised enough money to purchase three cuddle cots. Lithgow Hospital is a grateful recipient of one of these cots.

Lithgow Hospital Clinical Midwifery Educator, Debbie Gaynor says, “We are so grateful to receive this piece of equipment which will allow families to spend more time with their angel babies.”