Heartbroken family launch appeal to cover funeral costs after tragic stillbirth
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The auntie of 19-year-old Toni Abbott from Norwich has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help pay for the funeral of her niece's stillborn baby boy.
Miss Abbott was due to give birth on April 1 and hadn't encountered any problems during her pregnancy.
However, alarm bells started ringing during a routine check-up with the midwife last week.
The mum-to-be was told to go to hospital straight away where she had a scan.
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Toni's mum, Kelly Abbott, said: 'When we went to the hospital there was no heat detected and no heartbeat found.
'We had this confirmed by two doctors and a midwife at the N&N.
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'Toni's dad Mick and me were her birthing partners - it was supposed to be a happy time, but instead was a very painful time.'
Miss Abbott was then asked to return to the hospital a few days later and gave birth to Dwayne Lee Abbott on Friday morning.
Karen Dobson, from Stevenage, launched the appeal shortly afterwards and has currently raised £330 towards the £1,500 target.
'The just giving page was set up by my sister Karen Dobson for help and support for her funeral arrangements, and towards the cost of the headstone,' Mrs Abbott continued.
'My sister Karen will be singing a tribute song to baby Dwayne.'