Mother trolled for having a zombie-themed first birthday photoshoot for her son reveals the heartbreaking tale behind the pictures.
Amy Louise, from Brisbane, was slammed after her son was pictured in a series of gruesome photographs feasting on a bloody ‘brains’ cake.
What the trolls didn’t know about was the heartbreaking tale behind the pictures.
After giving birth in October 2015, her newborn was immediately whisked away by doctors after Phoenix didn’t have a heartbeat.
‘From the time the doctors told me my placenta had detached and there was no heartbeat, to the time they cut him out was such a whirlwind of emotion,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I remember feeling terrified but still hopeful. Even though they had said “get her down to theatre right now the baby has no heartbeat” I thought, this kind of stuff happens all the time.
‘But when they took him out and there was no cry, my heart just sank. It wasn’t a sad feeling, it was anger.’
‘I was almost upset at the doctors for wasting time trying to revive him, because I thought they were getting our hopes up for nothing and in my mind I was already so numb to the whole situation I just wanted them to stop.
‘I could hear them reviving him “one and two and three and breathe” over and over again, time was ticking by and everyone was getting more and more discouraged.
‘He was lifeless and there was nothing we could do. When the doctor sat next to me, I just said “he’s gone isn’t he? He’s dead”.
As the mother was having a blood transfusion, she overheard a nurse cried out: ‘He’s come back!’
‘It was the longest and most awful 13 minutes of my life,’ she recalled.
Baby Phoenix proved to be a little fighter when he was ‘brought back’ to life on Halloween on October 31.
Celebrating his first birthday, the mother said she thought the zombie-themed cake smash for Phoenix was well suited following the ordeal.
‘What better than a zombie-themed cake smash for the tiny baby boy who was pronounced dead and then miraculously came to life on Halloween,’ she said.
Amy was shocked when she was removed from mums Facebook groups after her ‘obscene and offensive’ images were not well received when she shared them on social media.
‘I knew it would happen but the extent of it really shocked me,’ she said.
‘I got told I was a bad mother, that I was going to damage his mental health, that I would make him sick eating that cake off the dirt.
‘I got called disgusting, morbid and offensive to mothers who had lost their babies. I was accused of making fun or making light of tragedy and being an insensitive person.
‘I was told I shouldn’t joke about such horrible things and one woman even said: ‘I wish you had have lost your son because then maybe you would have known how this feels.
‘I was then removed from two mothers groups for posting these “inappropriate and gruesome” pictures. It shocked me how savage they were after what we had been through.’
Amy has hit back at trolls, saying fellow mothers shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
‘I think trolls need to learn that their opinions don’t matter and they shouldn’t waste their energy writing their thoughts on everything they don’t like,’ Amy said.
‘Nobody cares if you’re outraged just learn to scroll past it. The world is so wrapped in cotton these days, you can’t sneeze without some mother or person being outraged about something.
‘I’d like these “perfect mothers” to take a step back and stop judging others for their choices. They don’t affect you, so shut the hell up.
‘Blowing someone else’s candle out doesn’t make yours shine any brighter. As the old saying goes: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all.’
Cannot believe my little zombie is 2 in a couple of months – in true controversial Amy style, this picture recieved a lot of hate from mothers groups everywhere, recieveing comments like – ‘this is sick’ ‘babies should be babies’ ‘this makes me uncomfortable’- I think a zombie themed cake smash for his first birthday was awesome, especially since P was born still and came back from the dead on Halloween. #zombie #cakesmash #baby #gore #blood #brains #controversial #notaregularmum ✖️ follow @two_little_wilkos for more ✖️
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