A HEARTBROKEN mum has told how she predicted her baby boy would die after he wouldn’t take his dummy.
Danielle O’Shaughnessy said little Danyl had just celebrated his first birthday with his twin brother Dylan when he “fell asleep and didn’t wake up”.
ncjMedia Kevin and Danielle O’Shaughnessy with twin sons Danyl and Dylan
Just Giving Danyl O’Shaughnessy died in October
The 32-year-old, from Wallsend in Tyne and Wear, said his breathing had suddenly changed five minutes after refusing his dummy.
She had told her mum: “He’s going to die,” moments before he peacefully slipped away on October 22, 2018.
The youngster, who was born with heart problems, had defied odds to even survive birth.
In fact when Danielle and her husband Kevin were told they were expecting twins, doctors gave them the heartbreaking decision to terminate the pregnancy.
They had discovered the second twin had severe and incurable heart defects which could impact his brother.
But they decided that even though they may not have him for long, they “really wanted to meet Danyl”, and give his brother Dylan the best possible chance as well.
DEFYING THE ODDS
The couple, who are also parents to three-year-old Oliver, then faced an agonising few months ahead of the birth.
Danielle said: “There were times when I was told both babies were in danger and we honestly didn’t know who was going to come out of the pregnancy.”
Initially doctors believed that even if Danyl did survive the birth he probably wouldn’t survive longer than three days.
The twins were born at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in October 2017, and despite being slightly smaller than his brother, Danyl proved to be a fighter from day one.
Against all odds, he didn’t need to go into hospice care and the family were told they “could go home for a few weeks”.
Danielle said: “Danyl had different ideas to any professional. He outlived any timeline we were given.
“He wasn’t supposed to survive pregnancy and he did, he wasn’t supposed to live past 72 hours and he did.
“As a family we celebrated Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and we celebrated every milestone he allowed us to be part of – one of everything, including his own first birthday.”
Speaking about his death, Danielle said: “He was absolutely fine, we had a lovely little party on the twins’ birthday.
“Ten days later Danyl woke up for what started as a normal day.
“After lunch he wouldn’t take his dummy and I just knew, I said to my mum ‘he’s going to die’.
“Five minutes later his breathing completely changed.
“I held him and rocked him and he just fell asleep and didn’t wake up. He was peaceful and completely surrounded by love.
“It was very sudden and nothing happened the way they said it would – we were expecting that we’d have to administer all these drugs.
“In a way I’m pleased because I didn’t have to see him decline. It was all natural and on his own terms.
“He did it his own way and I quite like that, I’m at peace with that.”
After Danyl’s death, the family were provided with a cuddle cot by the 4Louis charity so they could keep him in the house for four days.
Danielle said: “It made a huge difference – it just gave us time to process everything and family and friends could come and have one last cuddle.”
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Danielle and Kevin are now fundraising for 4Louis and St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth – the two organisations that have helped them during a turbulent two years – and so far have raised more than £14,000.
They have developed #TeamDanyl, to raise as much money as possible in his name, and have put a team together to do the Great North Run this year.
She said: “That time was full of mixed emotions but I’m pleased we had a year with Danyl. He was just part of us.”
ncjMedia Danielle next to Danyl, who passed away, and his twin Dylan
ncjMedia Danyl with his parents and twin brother Dylan before his tragic death
ncjMedia The youngster, pictured on his mum’s lap, alongside his two brothers and parents defied the odds at birth
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