In loving memory of Blair

By John Burrough

In Loving Memory of Blair

 

Some of you may already know that Mel and I were expecting our first baby in May this year. Mel’s pregnancy began smoothly, but when our baby girl Blair was only 25 weeks in gestation, Mel was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.  This is a complication caused by high blood pressure and is life threatening for both mother and baby.

On the 4th of February, Mel and I were transferred to The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick, where Blair was delivered much earlier than her due date. She weighed just 380 grams, about the size of my outstretched hand. 

We watched and hovered and prayed over her humidicrib as she fought hard for her life in The Royal’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We willed her to live with all our love. But 6 days later, Blair lost her battle. On 11th February our beautiful little daughter passed away peacefully in our arms.

Blair only lived for a short while, but she will be part of our family forever. We were so excited to meet her, and we’re so grateful that she was able to meet so many of our family and friends while she was here with us. We love her dearly. We will remember her every day of our lives.

The money that we raise through this tribute page for Blair will go towards ground-breaking research in The Royal’s NICU where incredible staff work around-the-clock helping babies born at the extremities of life. One of Blair's doctors, Dr Tim Schindler, is conducting a trial to help research a devastating condition in which the blood vessels of premature babies close at birth. As an estimated 70 per cent of premature babies are susceptible to this disease, it could help countless tiny newborns.

Thank you to my Supporters

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Purnell Motors

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Fossils Group Pty Ltd

💕💕💕 Chris and Rhiannon.

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Matt & Lauren

John and Mel, our thoughts and love are with you always. We will hold little Blair in our hearts and memories forever xxx

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Weston Family

A fantastic cause to raise money for

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Anonymous

Our thoughts and prayers you and your families.

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Jeremy And Laura De Vries

Dr Schindler helped us 5 months ago at the very same hospital and our perspective was changed forever at the work that is done within the RHW. Our thoughts are with you both x

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Nic & Jimmy Smith

John, we are so sorry you & Mel had to go through this. We are thinking of you xxx

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Dana Talevski

Sending love and strength to you both! ❤️

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Bradley Hackfath

Dear John and Mel, Our prayers and love are with you at this difficult time. Love Brad,Sharon,Joshua,Bethany,Alicia,Nathan,Courtney and Tahlia.

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Christina Farrugia

Our thoughts are with you both xxxx

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Peggy, Craig And Jack Andrew-kabilafkas

Dear Mel and John, Our hearts go out to you for the loss of your beautiful baby daughter Blair. We hope that the memory of your little girl will sustain you and remain in your hearts forever. With our love always, Peggy, Craig and Jack Andrew-Kabilafkas

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Michele Ledden

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Chuter Family

Always in our heart 💕

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Alyce Ryan

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Kristyn Dundas

So sorry for your loss. You are very strong Mel. Praying for you and your family

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Keren And Robert Jones

Thinking of you both

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David Owen

Thinking of you mate

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Gkm Fibreglassing

So sorry for your loss.

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Anonymous

Dear John, I'm so very sorry for your loss....I cant begin to imagine what you are Mel are going through. I'm thinking of you mate and this is a really lovely thing you're doing to remember your precious little girl Blair...

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Rhys Beynon

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Leanne Healy

Our hearts broke Blair will never be forgotten

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Nicole And Adam B

Thinking of you guys

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Manning Family

Thinking of you. Appreciative of the care at RHW

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Gilbert Saupin

Deepest Condolences to you and Mel. Wishing both the very best for the future, Gilbert, Talei & Keanu

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Ht Tran

Our Prayers and support, your friends Tran Clan.

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Ahmad Chamma

Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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The Stipanovic Family.

In loving memory of baby Blair.

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Dee Hood

Thinking of you both and your darling Angel Blair 💕 Love the Hood family

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Jo And Sam

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Sammy & Nathan

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Linda & Col

Sending love John and Mel 💕

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Paul & Jess Sainsbury

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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Danielle Sheehan

In loving memory of Blair. Lots of love danielle and Ben xx

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Julie-ann North

Truly sorry for your loss Mel and John. May baby Blair be in your hearts forever.

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Kevin & Joan Simpkins

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Jane & Andrew Peddie

You both will forever be in Blair’s heart, as she will be in yours 💕

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Lisa & Peter Dwyer

Sending love to you all during this sad time xxx

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Christian Toro

Thinking of you both, all the best

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Erika Wahhab

Sending lots of love to u both

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Kim And Brendan Cook

Sending our love

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Carolyn Key

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Jordan Pittoors

My heart goes out to you and Mel! Heaven has another angel flying high above us, gone too soon. Sending you both so much love xox

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Rhiannon Jones

John & Mel, I am so sorry for your loss, we are thinking about you in this hard time.

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Alex & Josh

Proud of you guys for honouring Blair in such a beautiful way

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Mark Kurlapski

My thoughts are with the family ❤️

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Finnimore Family

With our love and caring thoughts 💕💕💕

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David And Ann Cowell

Deepest sympathy

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Sheets Down Under

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Rachael Monaghan

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Anonymous

We too experienced pre-eclampsia in our pregnancy. I will be forever grateful for the nurses of our NICU and special care nurseries.

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Nick And Jenny Tedesco

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Theodora

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Anonymous

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Trish Addington

Thinking of you John and Mel. Feel such sadness for your little angel Blair. May she soar high in heaven.

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Mandy And Gary Bennett

To Dear Mel and John Our love and thoughts are with you all at this very sad time and always Much Love Mandy and Gary

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Jann Rowlandson

Thinking of all of you at this very sad time.

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Rhys Archibald

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Anonymous

Blair was here for only a short time, but made a huge impact on many lives. Thinking of both you and Mel. Love Aunty Jann xxx

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Donna Williams

Just a small token of our love Donna & John W xx

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Snezana Tanoff

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Graham Johnson

Dear little Blair will always be in our hearts

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Karen Mrs Kennedy

Every little bit helps. Karen and Michael Kennedy

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Valerie & Dennis

Fly free beautiful little angel 👼👼👼👼

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Bankstown Ladies

Our deepest sympathy Mel & John thinking of you both at this sad time. Lady members Bankstown Golf Club

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Etiennette, Brendan And Indigo

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Shannon, Nicole, Billy And Alex

God bless her little soul, never forgotten x

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Lauren & Gareth Dawber

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Lauren Gibson

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John Stringer

Our thoughts are with you all.

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Rosanne Musgrave

In memory of your special angel, Blair xxx

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Eliza Thompson

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Stacey Johnson

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Barbara Williams

Mel & John thinking of you both at this very sad time, our sincerest condolences. Barbara & Jeff Williams

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Victoria Park

With lots of love.... Ebony, Ernest and Victoria

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Anonymous

Condolences to you both love Joy Pomfret xxx

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Anonymous

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Mavis & Bill Lavette

Dear John & Mel we are thinking of you and send our condolences.

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Tessa French

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Tameeka Zirps

Dear John & Mel What can u possibly say to parents who have lost their little one, my heart breaks for you both. Blair was obviously just too beautiful for this world. My heart and thoughts are with you both at this time xox

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