Grieving mum shares her deep grief and anguish over the loss of her unborn son Flynn.

Emma Fairbairn of Wales was six months pregnant with Flynn when she was involved in a serious car accident after working a 24-hour shift.

Initially, her son appeared to be unharmed, and she felt him kicking on her ambulance ride to the hospital.

“Must’ve had someone watching over me today!” she shared at the time. “Can’t stop looking at the state of my car thinking how bad it all was. So lucky my baby is okay after scans and listening to his heart beat.”

But overnight at the hospital, it was discovered that her baby no longer had a heartbeat.

“It was devastating,” Ms Fairbairn tells Babble. “I was looking at the screen while the doctor was scanning and I couldn’t see [the heartbeat either] — but I needed to be told for it to register. Looking back now I think I was being a bit naive thinking he would survive.”

The grieving mum shared her sorrow in a Facebook post that’s since gone viral, writing:

“His poor little body couldn’t take the pain or stress from the horrific crash yesterday and there was nothing I could do to save him when my body was meant to keep him safe and up until late last night I thought it had.”

Along with those heartbreaking words, she included a sonogram of her son who she delivered stillborn two days later.

“The [birth] experience was horrible,” she tells Babble. “My main injuries from the crash were around my stomach and hips which is obviously where all the pain is when in labor.”

But knowing she wouldn’t hear a cry at the end was of course the very worst part. “My whole world has been ripped apart,” she says. “I had so much planned for the two of us.”

“Sometimes, when I talk about it it just feels like I’m telling someone else’s story.”

Our hearts ache for Emma. Stay strong mummy. RIP little man.

If you have recently suffered an infant loss you can find support at Sands Australia 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including Christmas Day) by dialling 1300 072 637.

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  • my gosh the pictures are so sad! that is so real and tragic and i can’t imagine the absolute sadness that she has gone through! poor woman


  • Heartbreaking


  • Emma, you are so brave and strong to share your story so soon after your tragedy. I hope you receive the ongoing support you need for as long as you need it.


  • My heart goes out to you in your grief, Emma. Be strong.


  • So very, very sad. My sincerest condolences.


  • So sorry to hear you little boy didn’t survive Emma !! No, you weren’t naive to think he would survive, as the scans and his heartbeat seemed to be ok. I hope and pray you’re ok yourself Emma, take your time to grieve !


  • What a strong person! Thinking of you Emma x


  • How heartbreaking. RIP little one.


  • absolutely heartbreaking and devastating. Deepest condolences to all that loved him


  • This is so sad. What a horrendous experience. :-( Deep condolences. :-(


  • I’ve had a birth like that. It’s horrible. I’m so sorry.


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