In Wesley’s memory
HIS first outfit, a lock of hair and photos capturing a few precious moments with their son are among the only memories Aimee and Craig Carson share of their baby boy, Wesley, who grew wings too soon.
Born at 7.14pm on December 22, last year, Wesley's heart had already stopped beating during Aimee's labour, and the couple had only hours to come to grips with the devastation in what should have been a joyous occasion.
"When my waters broke I was so excited," Aimee recalled of going into labour.
"I was thinking in 24-36 hours we are going to be holding our baby.
"All we wanted to be was parents, so to go through the growth and not having the end result..."
"Devastated doesn't even begin to describe it," Craig finished.
But Aimee and Craig's determination to find hope in their loss is infectious.
"We need to go through fertility treatment to become pregnant in the first place because Craig suffers from azoospermia," Aimee explained.
In the days after Wesley's birth, Craig and Aimee visited the midwives and asked what could have been done to extend the pair's time with their son.
The staff told the couple about cuddle cots - a basinet fitted with a cooling system, allowing babies to stay in the room with their parents without being taken to the morgue straight away.
Nearing the halfway point of their fundraising, the couple almost has enough to make the purchase through the Emerikus Land Foundation.
Craig said he hoped the donation would carry on his son's legacy, and give other parents what he and his wife yearned for.
Making the move from city life in Sydney to the country in Emerald last year, the couple said they were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.
From the midwives who stroked Aimee's hair and "mopped her tears", to Carl at Central Highland Funerals, to photographer Liz Speed for capturing their precious memories and the community members who carried out a working bee on their Emerald property.
Visit "Wesley's Memorial" at mycause.com.au.