Mum shares a photograph of a pile of baby boy clothes she wants to donate. Sadly there is a very heartbreaking back story.
Baby Riley Hughes was just 32 days old when he died as a result of whooping cough.
Perth mother Catherine Hughes posted the photo of her baby boy’s clothes to the Light for Riley Facebook page, where she promotes the need to vaccinate children against preventable diseases.
‘I’m looking for somewhere/someone to donate these baby boys clothes to,’ she wrote.
‘I can’t keep them forever and I’d rather they get some use other than sitting in a box for years. Most are hardly worn, many still have tags,’ she added.
‘I thought about giving them to friends but thought I might feel strange if I saw their babies in them. I have held onto a few that I can’t bear to part with.’
Riley’s father, Greg Hughes added a heartfelt comment to the post.
‘If you ever want to know what the pain associated with a vaccine preventable disease looks like – this is it,’ he said.
‘I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been through this box of clothes and had to turn away before I started sobbing into the box.’
‘My heart hurts seeing all these things laid out in picture form, but I hope they see the same love that my son would’ve seen had he been given the opportunity to wear them. Miss you Rileybear – Dad.’
Riley’s family have been fighting for more awareness since they lost their baby boy.
Such a heartbreaking thing to have to do. Thinking of Greg and Catherine x
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