A premature baby who was the size of his father’s watch when he was born prematurely at just 24 weeks has tragically died in his mother’s arms seven months later.
Lorcan Michael O’Brien was born weighing just 705 grams on May 13 2018 at PerthChildren’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with chronic lung disease.
Doctors would constantly say to Nikki Daly and her partner Ruairi O’Brien that their newborn son would not survive.
Defying all odds, baby Lorcan managed to hold his chronic illness at bay for an astonishing seven months.
He tragically passed away cradled in his mother’s arms on December 4.
‘Lorcan died in my arms. He passed pretty quickly. It was so hard watching him gasp for breath in front of us,’ Ms Daly told Nine News.
Describing him as a miracle baby, Lorcan spent every day in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as he suffered through his respiratory problems.
Ms Daly and Mr O’Brien were called three times from the hospital to say goodbye to their son, who was struggling to battle his problems.
The devastating death of their beloved baby left them heartbroken but they would not let that stop them from remembering their son.
‘We can’t begin to thank everyone who has traveled this journey with us: nurses, doctors, friends, family, support groups and even complete strangers,’ Ms Daly wrote on Instagram.
‘My boy has brought so much joy, strength and courage to an absolutely sh*t situation.
‘We will honour your memory little fierce one and live life to the fullest as you never know what awaits you at the blink of an eye.
‘Thank you for choosing us as parents I hope we lived up to everything you could of hoped for in these short few months.
‘We are beyond proud of you..love you sleep tight sweet angel of mine.’
A GoFundMe page was created to support the family as both parents aren’t working.