Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Brought a Little Bit of Happiness after All the Bad Times We've Been Through

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Brought a Little Bit of Happiness after All the Bad Times We've Been Through

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter

Tim McGuinness AFTER a year of heartbreak and tragedy, a Newcastle family now has cause for celebration with the arrival of a new baby.

Sarah Hall endured every mother's worst nightmare when her two-yearold daughter Esmay Carter died last year. But now, more than a year on from the tragedy, the arrival of a healthy baby girl is helping to heal the family's heartache.

Aurora was born just over 12 months after the devastating death of her older sister, who Sarah says she resembles.

"She's the spitting double of Esmay," she said. "My other children are fair but Esmay was very darkhaired and so is Aurora."

The four-month-old is settling in well at the family home in Lemington where she is doted on by brothers Shay, 10, Kori, eight, and Kole, two, and sister Summah, six.

Sarah said: "It's a blessing really - it's brought a little bit of happiness after all the bad times we've been through."

Esmay Carter had battled back from the brink of death numerous times in her two short years of life. But time ran out for the toddler when she diednext to her Sarah at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary in March 2015.

Now Sarah, 32, has opened up about how support from the Rainbow Trust helped her survive Esmay's final traumatic year in hospital, and the devastating aftermath of her death.

Esmay, who was born nine weeks premature and weighing just over 3lbs, sustained severe brain damage and spent her life battling back from illness.

Throughout her life, Esmay was fed through a tube as she was at constant risk of choking. It had been thought she may be deaf but she defied the medics by going on to pass a hearing test. Soon after Esmay's first birthday Sarah was assigned a family support worker - Leanne Cummins - by the Rainbow Trust. The charity helps families caring for a life-threatened or terminally ill child.

Sarah said: "Esmay was seriously ill in hospital and I didn't know whether she was going to make it home.

"But I had another four children, including a newborn baby, to look after and Leanne would either take the other kids or sit with Esmay in hospital. …

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