A DEVOTED aunt conquered her fears in memory of her baby nephew.
Nathan James Healer was just two days old when he died at Sunderland Royal Hospital in February last year.
His aunt, Caroline Healer, decided to battle her fear of heights and do a tandem sky dive to mark what would have been the tot’s first birthday.
Nathan’s birth was brought forward two weeks because his mum Traceyanne, 30, from Murton, had gestational diabetes.
Baby Nathan lost his fight for life in Sunderland Royal Hospital after it was discovered his blood glucose levels were fatally low, causing a brain haemorrhage and he died two days later.
His heartbroken family have since been raising money for Diabetes UK in his memory.
Traceyanne said: “We were talking about someone doing a sky dive and Caroline said she was frightened of heights, but she would do it for Nathan.”
Caroline, 26, who lives in Parkside, Seaham, was meant to jump on Nathan’s birthday, but doctors said she couldn’t because of sinus trouble, so she went along to Shotton Air Field the week after and jumped with instructor Mark Baker.
The mum-of-three said: “To say I was petrified would be a huge understatement because I am scared of heights, but I’m really proud I did it.
“When I got to the ground I said I would never, ever do it again, but now I want to have another go!”
Caroline, who is mum to Bailey, 10, Brandon, five and three-year-old Kaelyn, raised almost £900 through the jump and now her family is trying to talk her into doing a plane wing walk next year.
Devastated Traceyanne said every day without her son is hard, but it was especially difficult on his birthday.
She said: “I spent most of the day in tears thinking that he should be with us opening his presents, or at least playing with the paper.
“I spend each and every day wondering what he would be like now, how much he would have changed, what he would have learned, what his likes and dislikes would be.
“People have been so wonderful with remembering him and helping us to make a difference, it’s a difference we wouldn’t be able to make without everyone’s support.”
Traceyanne said one of the most difficult things is knowing something as simple as a glucose infusion in time would have saved Nathan and she is fund-raising and highlighting the issue in the hope it can prevent another family going through such heartache.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can visit www.justgiving.com/NathanJamesDiabetesAwarenessFund.