Sunderland family’s sadness at loss of unborn child

Amy Asprey with husband Gordon and children Noah (4) and Mia (15 months) at their home in Nora Street, Sunderland.

Amy Asprey with husband Gordon and children Noah (4) and Mia (15 months) at their home in Nora Street, Sunderland.

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A HEARTBROKEN family have spoken of their sadness at the loss of their unborn child.

Amy Asprey and her husband Gordon were dealt the devastating blow that their second child had gastroschisis, a condition that causes the intestines to protrude outside of the stomach, at their 12-week scan.

So medics could keep an eye on the baby, Amy, 26, went for a scan every two weeks, which was increased to every week towards the end of her pregnancy.

After Amy left her job at Ramside Hall Hotel to go on maternity leave, she realised she hadn’t felt the baby move all day.

She was rushed to hospital where a scan revealed the baby had lost his fight for life at 34 weeks.

Medics induced the pregnancy and on January 16, 2010, Amy gave birth to Laurie James, who was stillborn.

Amy, of Nora Street, Barnes, said: “We had done our research and knew there was a high risk involved with having a baby with the condition.

“Even if they survive birth, there’s a high risk of infection and other problems.

“I know it sounds really negative but we couldn’t imagine bringing a baby home.

“We just had this feeling the whole way through that something wasn’t right.”

Since then, Amy, and Gordon, 33, have strived to raise awareness about the condition, which is relatively unknown despite one baby in 5,000 being born with it in the UK.

The couple were put in touch with an American-based support group, Averys Angels, that helps parents across the globe.

Now they dedicate their time as volunteers for the group and are on hand to answer questions and offer advice to other parents.

Amy, who is also mum to Noah, four, and Mia, 15 months, said: “Talking about it with others and having a good support network helped.

“There’s no easy way to get over Laurie and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t talk about him.

“It gets easier but it will always stay with us and will never go away.”

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AMY today said her heart goes out to Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn, whose fourth child was stillborn.

The star spoke of his devastation after his wife, 42, went into labour on Saturday but the baby was delivered stillborn.

Amy said: “It’s really, really sad because there was no warning that something like that was going to happen whereas we knew there was a possibility so we could try and prepare for it.

“We always said we would have been devastated if we thought everything was going really well because it would be so much worse.”

In a statement, the 41-year-old X Factor judge said: “Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby. Our focus now is giving her a beautiful funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts.”