OWASSO — Kendra and Kevin Brown had their world flipped upside down in 2019.
The Owasso couple learned their firstborn child they were so excited to welcome to their family, had passed away in utero.
In April 2019, Kendra delivered Dylan at St. John's Tulsa.
Although this was an extremely difficult time for Kendra and Kevin, the couple was given access to a special cooling bassinet, the Cuddle Cot, to use with Dylan.
This cooling bassinet allows families to have more time with their infant, before saying goodbye.
Parents usually only get a few hours to say goodbye to their infant after a stillbirth or infant loss, due to the baby's body changing due to composition.
The Cuddle Cot, or Caring Cradle, allows the infant to stay in the room with the parents and allows families to take pictures, invite family to visit, make memorial tokens, like footprints, and make funeral preparations without being rushed.
Hospitals usually do not have the budget to buy the Cuddle Cot units, which usually run around $3,000 to $5,000.
The Cuddle Cot the Brown's used with Dylan was donated to St. John's by The Jaxon Kade Foundation.
The Jaxon Kade Foundation is a nonprofit organization benefiting families facing infant and pregnancy loss.
When Kendra saw the The Jaxon Kade Foundation nameplate on the side of the the Cuddle Cot they used with Dylan, she contacted them for support.
In October 2019, Kendra decided to place another Cuddle Cot in memory of her son by raising funds mostly over social media on Facebook.
Kendra was successful in her efforts when she was able to raise over $6,000 in a matter of weeks.
The donation will allow Kendra to purchase two Cuddle Cots. Kendra has decided to donate them to St. John's Medical Center in Owasso and Bailey Medical Center in Owasso.
On Friday, January 10, 2020, the two Cuddle Cots will be donated in a dedication ceremony.
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