Lakenham couple raise £8,000 to help hospital and are now celebrating birth of their child
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After experiencing tragedy twice, a Norwich family is celebrating Christmas with their two-month-old son - and remembering the baby they lost three years ago.
In 2012, Bryony and Ben Seabrook's son Dylan was stillborn and later that year Mrs Seabrook suffered a miscarriage.
And as the couple, of Jubilee Terrace, Lakenham, came to terms with their loss they pledged to help other families in Norfolk in memory of Dylan. They have since raised more than £8,000, supported by Savills estate agents where Mrs Seabrook works, and stillbirth charity Norfolk Sands, to help the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital buy a life-saving wireless foetal heart monitor.
The device gives early warnings of any complications and reduces the need for intervention during labour.
It has been a long journey for the couple, but their very early Christmas present arrived safe and sound. Little Jenson Seabrook was born five weeks early on October 22, weighing just five pounds.
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Mrs Seabrook said: 'We are extremely lucky as we have finally got there. We are a family of four, not three. I'm so proud that Dylan has such a positive effect on so many people: he is still our son, he is just not here.'
Experiencing pre-eclampsia with her second son, Jenson, she found herself bed-bound.
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She said: 'The monitor will change so many lives and help anxious mothers that have lost before. It would have absolutely helped me with Jenson, rather than being strapped to the bed with a monitor. I could have gone to get a cup of tea or walked around knowing the baby was safe.'
Now the family are adjusting to life with a newborn – who is recovering from bronchitis – they want to thank everyone who donated to their fundraising appeal.
Organising events including golf days, rounders matches and carol services, thousands have been – and continue to be – raised in Dylan's name.
Mrs Seabrook added: 'It is a lovely feeling that everyone knows his name. We have a lot of memories with our son even though we were only with him for a few hours.'
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