Millie and her partner Lewis were beyond excited to learn that she was pregnant. But when they went in for their ultrasound and discovered that they were going to be having twins, they were floored. It was a dream come true.
Twins ran in her family and Millie was proud and excited to pass on the tradition to the next generation. Bringing a pair of babies into the world at the same time made her heart flutter.
But just as they were celebrating the good news, their doctor shattered their hearts. One of the unborn twins had a condition called anencephaly. Millie and Lewis cried…
Unborn children diagnosed with anencephaly don’t often make it to birth or survive much long after. The condition causes part of their brain to be underdeveloped. This was tragic news for the soon-to-be parents.
For months, Millie and Lewis prayed to God that both of their twin girls would make it. They wanted them to grow up together as sisters. But sure enough, God took one of the beautiful twins. She died soon after Millie had an emergency C-section.
Millie and Lewis were crushed. But they pulled themselves up and gathered around their surviving twin daughter, Callie. Despite the tragedy, the newborn’s beauty captured her parents’ hearts.
Then another woman in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit said something to Millie that made her burst into tears.
“You’re so lucky you haven’t got twins….”
Just those seven words caused Millie to break down. She ran out of the room, weeping and sobbing uncontrollably. At that moment, she would give anything to have both of her twin girls no matter what the cynical woman thought.
After things settled down, Millie decided she wanted to stop this type of misunderstanding from happening to other parents who lost a baby in a multiple birth. Then the idea of a butterfly sticker popped into Millie’s head.
A purple butterfly sticker signifies that a baby was lost in a multiple birth.
“None of the other parents knew what had happened or anything about Skye. The comment was completely innocent and more out of humor…. They weren’t to know that I did at one point have two. But the comment nearly broke me. I ran out [of] the room in tears and they had no idea why. I didn’t have the heart to tell them what had happened.
“A simple sticker would have avoided that entire situation.”
Millie and Lewis are committed to raising awareness about their cause and promoting The Skye High Foundation.
Purple butterfly stickers have popped up in hospitals across the globe thanks to Millie and Lewis’s creative thinking.
Although they can’t bring Skye back, they know they can help parents who are currently going through the same thing. And that makes them feel better.
“Ultimately I will never be able to stop this from happening but the more support groups we can set up and put things in place like the stickers the better it will be. It’s the hardest thing anyone has to deal with.”
In order to help families in similar situations, Millie and Lewis organized a crowdfunding page to raise support.
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