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Mother Spends 15 Days With Body Of Stillborn Son

| by Nicholas Roberts
Lynsey Bell with her son, RoryLynsey Bell with her son, Rory

A mother in England spent 15 days with the body of her stillborn son before giving him a funeral and burial.

Lynsey Bell, 32, was told by doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle that her new baby, Rory, would not enter the world alive, the Daily Mail reports.

Bell began to hemorrhage minutes after she was told about Rory. She had reportedly developed the potentially fatal condition preeclampsia, which had caused the hemorrhage by detaching Bell's placenta from her womb.

Bell nearly died while doctors tried to stem the bleeding. She also needed dialysis after her kidneys began to fail. She was put into a medically-induced coma, but woke up in 2 days.

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"I didn't know what he was going to look like. I was scared. [When] I reached out and touched him, he was cold and his cheeks were hard," Bell wrote in the Mirror.

After holding her baby for the first time, Bell resolved to make the most of her short time with Rory by spending as much time with him as possible.

Bell and her husband, Mark, rocked Rory in their arms, read him stories, and bathed him for the next 15 days. The grieving couple developed a bond with their son before saying goodbye to him.

"Rory was my son," Lynsey said.

I needed to care for him, I needed to change his nappy and get to know him. I drank in every perfect little feature of his body. I took photos of his face, the back of his head and his tiny fingers and toes. I changed his nappy and rocked him in my arms, and my bond grew and grew.

For 15 days as I recovered, we saw Rory as much as we wanted. My only fear was letting him get too warm. I wanted to preserve my boy for as long as we possibly could.

Sources: Mirror, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Alice McIntyre​/Mirror

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