THE HEARTBROKEN parents of a baby who died aged just 16 days old have spoken about their grief.
Little Stanley Bury was born at 5.50am on 15 December weighing a healthy 7lb 2oz. His proud parents Joanne, 32, and Nicholas, 35, of Norman Street, Stanhill, took home their son and doted on him like any new parents.
However, just 16 days later, on New Year’s Eve, Stanley stopped breathing while in his father’s arms.
Joanne said: "We phoned for an ambulance at about 11pm and they tried to bring him back but he died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital just minutes into the New Year.
"There was an inquest but the cause of death was unascertained. It’s left us without any answers. If we knew something was wrong it might have been easier to cope with. He was a strong, fit and healthy baby."
Despite a false alarm at 29 weeks, Stanley was born during a normal labour.
Joanne added: "Everyone was devastated. Some days are better than others. We have to stay strong for our son Oliver who’s three. You need that reason to get up every day I have to try and concentrate on the child I already have because he needs looking after."
To help other families in the same situation, fellow residents in the close-knit village of Stanhill have rallied round and raised £1,087 during a charity fund-raising night for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. The ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ event was held at the Stanhill Inn in Oswaldtwistle, organised by pub landlord Geoff Skelly and friends and family of the couple. The winners were Richard Davies as Freddie Mercury, second place Dave Riley singing stairway to heaven, and third place Suzanne Wilcox as Amy Winehouse.
There was also an auction of goods on the night, including a signed Blackburn Rovers shirt, tickets to an Accrington Stanley match and vouchers, among other items.