Mum woke up to a ‘living nightmare’ when she found her baby girl dead next to her

Mum Faye Hughes, who has four other children, said baby Jorgie-May had been ill in the months leading up to her untimely death but it took a toll on her and her family.

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A mum has woken up to a ‘living nightmare’ when she finds her baby girl dead right next to her.

Faye Hughes has lost her eight-month-old daughter Nancy Thorpe and wants to honor all the “baby angels”.

The 31-year-old mum woke up to a ‘living nightmare’ when she found out that Jorgie-May, who was her youngest child, had died

The mum, who has four other children, said baby Jorgie-May had been ill in the months leading up to her untimely death.

But she is determined to keep her daughter’s name alive by raising funds and awareness for Nancy’s plight.

On the fateful night before June 13, 2018, Faye told North Wales Live: ‘nothing would calm her down’.

When Faye woke up and found Jorgie-May, her ‘world was shattered’


Faye Hughes)

Faye was devastated by the death of her daughter


Faye Hughes)

That night, the couple had a lot of “cuddling with mom” before falling asleep.

But when Faye woke up and found Jorgie, her “world was shattered”.

She said: “Jorgie was born on October 4, 2017 at 10:51 p.m. with my mother and sister by my side. My family was complete.

“I was the luckiest mom in the world to have beautiful children.

“But, on December 9, 2017, Jorgie’s life changed. She was admitted to Bangor Hospital with breathing difficulties.

“She was so bad she almost got ventilated (put on a ventilator) and taken to Alder Hey. I thought that was the worst day but that was yet to come.

Jorgie’s life changed when he was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties


Faye Hughes)

Faye Hughes is determined to keep her daughter’s name alive


Faye Hughes)

“Jorgie scared the doctors because she couldn’t keep oxygen in her body or generate it around her body like other kids.

“She was watched in Bangor in case we had to go to Alder Hey, but my daughter broke it and was allowed back in time for her brother and sister’s Christmas shows.

“He was eventually diagnosed with bronchitis.

“From that moment on, we were regulars in doctors and hospitals.

“We had an amazing Christmas at home with the family. ‘Come on 2018,’ we all happily said on New Year’s Eve.

“But we were still regular patients at the doctors in January, February, March, April and May because I was so scared for his breathing.

“I remember one doctor’s appointment where Jorgie had to be put on a nebulizer because she was having trouble breathing.”

Faye added: “Then came the night of June 12, 2018.”

Faye Hughes launched a fundraising campaign to raise awareness of the issue


Faye Hughes)

Faye said she took her daughter, Phoebe, dancing while Jorgie stayed home with her father, Rob.

She “didn’t seem well” and was full of coldness and brat, Faye recalled.

The mum put her kids to bed but “nothing would calm Jorgie down,” Faye said.

“At 11:30 p.m. we went downstairs and hugged Calpol and mum,” she said.

“I put Jorgie to sleep next to me and we both fell asleep.

“We both woke up around 2.30am when Rob came home from darts.

“Again, my daughter and I went back to sleep because the only thing that would calm her down was me.

“It was 7am the next morning when I woke up and something was telling me to look at Jorgie.

“That feeling that no mother should ever have. My world was shattered.

“My Jorgie-May fell asleep silently. I just knew in my heart she was gone. I just remember screaming my house.

“The days after his funeral were mostly a blur.”

Faye said the loss of a baby is not a topic that is talked about often and there are thousands of parents who experience overwhelming grief on a daily basis.

That’s why she got involved in several awareness campaigns and events and set up a fundraising page.

The next event she is organizing is a ‘sleeping babies fundraiser’ to raise money for the Lullaby Trust which has supported Faye and her family through their bereavement.

She said: “When Jorgie-May grew her wings, the support from the Lullaby Trust was absolutely amazing. They even provided toys and books for the children to help them cope with their loss.”

Paying tribute to Jorgie, Faye added: “Jorgie was a happy and beautiful baby who warmed everyone’s hearts.

“Everyone she met instantly fell in love with her. She will always be remembered and never forgotten.

“Let’s keep the memories of our babies so bright and remember them with smiles or tears.”

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