A FAMILY heartbroken by the tragic death of their baby have welcomed a new face to their household.
Claire and Kelvin Briggs were left devastated when their son Alfie died when he was just 31 days old.
But now they are celebrating the arrival of a third girl, Rosie Anne, who they say has “put a smile on all our faces”.
Tot Alfie had been born prematurely in November 2013 via an emergency caesarian section when Claire was just 25 weeks pregnant and he was delivered weighing 1lb 7oz.
He underwent heart surgery when he was 10 days old and his condition continued to improve, but he became ill, with doctors discovering he was suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which caused his bowel to perforate.
The Washington couple - who are also parents to daughters Alix, six, and Paige, three - were told there was nothing which could be done to save him.
Since his death, the family have worked to help others through their charity Just for Alfie and have campaigned to urge the Government to introduce compulsory training to neonatal staff to increase their understanding of the condition.
Money raised, which already runs into the thousands, has gone to support Sunderland Royal’s Neonatal Unit.
Now Claire, 29, an English and creative writing student, and Kelvin, 26, a roofer for Durham County Council, have welcomed Rosie Anne to their Columbia home.
Claire said: “Alix and Paige had been holding themselves back when I was pregnant and worried a lot about whether she was going to come home or not.
“Now she’s home it’s lovely to see them all together and it’s put a smile on all our faces.”
Claire has been keeping friends, family and the charity’s supporters up to date through the Facebook page Just For Alfie and told the page’s followers: “The world is a little brighter for us again. We have welcomed our new bundle as well as remembering our baby boy. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about you and that will never change.
“Thank you for watching over us and helping your baby sister into this world there won’t be a moment that passes by without her knowing about her big brother.”
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