Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After All of the Bad Times We Have Been through, This Is a Little Bit of Happiness at Last. NEW BABY HELPS FAMILY LEARN TO SMILE AGAIN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After All of the Bad Times We Have Been through, This Is a Little Bit of Happiness at Last. NEW BABY HELPS FAMILY LEARN TO SMILE AGAIN

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

CRADLING her precious baby, mum Sarah Hall feels able to start trying to put a year of anguish behind her.

She endured every mum's worst nightmare when her two-year-old daughter Esmay Carter diedbeside her 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 dark-haired 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 youngester when she died next to her devoted mum at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary in March 2015.

Now Sarah, 32, has spoken about how support from the Rainbow Trust helped her to 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.

During her short 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 lifethreatening 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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