Heartbroken mum ‘still gets up at night’ to feed her deceased baby boy.

When baby Corey-James was born he was constantly vomiting, reports Wales online.

“He was in a lot of pain. He was in so much pain that he was crying real tears although newborns don’t normally have real tears,” mum Katie O’Connor said.

“He couldn’t swallow his fluids and he was vomiting a lot.

“When he was born he weighed 6lb 2oz and he went down to 5lb 3oz in just two days.”

At five weeks old, Corey-James was sick again one evening.

“I gave him a bath because he was soaking from the amount of vomit – it was in his hair and clothes,” she said.

“It was coming through his nose as well. He went to sleep at around 2.30am and when I went into his basket in the morning, he was gone.

“I picked him up and he was floppy. I unravelled his blanket and put my hand on his stomach because he looked lifeless.

“Seconds felt like minutes, I couldn’t find my phone, it was manic in the house. It was my worst fear. A living nightmare.”

“I’m not coping with losing him,” Katie said. “I still get up at night naturally to go to feed him.

“Everywhere I go since his death I see things with stars on them and I think of him. It brings me a bit of comfort and that’s what I’m clinging onto.”

“I would like to have something made from the autopsy organs which I can have on me all the time.

“It doesn’t matter what I do, I can’t feel the closeness to him.

“I just want to hold him and cuddle him and I know I will never get that back again.”

Such a heartbreaking story. Our thoughts are with the family.

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  • You always love. You never forget.


  • Very heartbreaking. My deepest and sincerest condolences to the family.


  • How heartbreaking to lose a baby. Thoughts and prayers to this mum.




  • So sorry for your loss.


  • What did the baby die from? Poor mother still in grieving. How do you recover from something like this?


  • This is just so very sad.


  • This is just awful for the poor mum. I do wonder how bub died.


  • How devastating. Poor family. A mother never gets over losing her child.


  • Heartbreaking to read, how heartbreaking it must be to go through this. The article doesn’t tell how long ago this baby died, but the fact that mum still wakes up during the night to feed her boy sounds to me completely normal in a grieving process. Bless this mum !!


  • His condition should have been investigated before he went home from hospital. No cause of death is in this article. I suspect he may have choked on his own vomit. That has to be my biggest nightmare with a young baby. If they vomit in their sleep, they are sleeping on their backs and it can’t drain out of the side of their mouths. A friend of mine nearly lost her son that way when he was a few months old. She woke up to his coughing noise and rushed to his room as he was starting to go blue.


  • Oh you poor sweet mumma. My heart breaks for you xxx


  • This is so sad. I send all my heartfelt sympathy and much love to this wonderful lady! I hope the autopsy did bring you some resolve .


  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope an explanation gave you some form of resolve in this tragedy. Sending you love and hugs and hoping you are ok xxx


  • This is just heartbreaking. No idea how she is coping. She is one strong lady


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