Mum who had three miscarriages decorates Christmas tree with umbilical cords

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A mum who sadly endured three miscarriages and one stillbirth has decorated her tree with her children’s umbilical cords and hair.

Sara Hamilton, 30, from Bolton, Manchester is a full-time carer to her only child, two-year-old Oscar, who cannot walk or stand due to a number of illnesses.

The mum has suffered a number of tragedies over the last four years.

In 2016, she gave birth to stillborn Caleb on 5 November.

Less than two years later, on 23 August 2017, she had a miscarriage at 14 weeks of daughter Neveah-Gracie.

This was followed by another miscarriage at 10 weeks of her baby boy, Teddy, on 6 February 2018.

Just over a month ago, on 13 November, she had a miscarriage with baby Cubbie at nine weeks.

As testimony to their heartbreaking losses, Sara and her partner, Reece Hamilton, 28, have decorated their Christmas tree with their babies' hair, umbilical cords, pictures of pregnancy scans, old clothes and more.

Sara explained: “We started decorating our Christmas tree this way last year, at the time when our son Oscar spent 17 months in hospital.

“We wanted to include our angels in our Christmas.

“We are limited in how we can include our babies in life as sadly they have passed away, so we thought 'how about using things from their memory box?'.

“Reece and I hated the fact the boxes are just sat there. We have added loads of butterflies we were given when they passed away, their hands and footprints, their umbilical cord, pieces of hair, their hats, glass angels, feathers, measuring tape that measured them and their teddies."

Recently, Sara shared some snaps of the tree on Facebook – and has received an outpouring of support.

Sara captioned the post: “Done my tree today but as four of my babies are in heaven, I decided to add some things from their memory boxes to my tree so I can include them in it to.

"I also have a disabled two-year-old who is on oxygen and has cerebral palsy and bowel failure, as well as epilepsy and loads more.

"This is our first Christmas home as we spent 17 months in the hospital with our little boy, this will be his third Christmas but first at home."

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She added: “He’s obsessed with lights so we have focused more on lights this year, my tree probably isn’t to many’s taste but I love it hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.”

One person commented: “Beautiful tree, hope you and your little one have a fantastic Christmas."

“What a wonderful way to include your babies in heaven,” added another. “I can’t imagine anyone not thinking that this tree is beautiful.”

Sara spoke out about the response, and commented: “It’s incredible, I can’t believe how lovely people have been about it.

“At first we weren’t sure about posting it but then we thought why not, and we are overwhelmed by the reaction.

“Losing our babies has been the hardest thing to go through.

“It has been tough but we have got through it by taking each day as it comes.

“We are also very big on raising awareness and breaking the silence about baby loss.”

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