Hospital receives device to help grieving parents deal with stillborn child

Crawford Memorial Hospital has received a Cuddle Cot to help with stillborn babies.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 6:40 PM

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - In 2017 Natasha and Dustin Ruholl were expecting their second child. Natasha's due date was just weeks away. But that's when problems began.

Natasha Ruholl explains, "I realized I couldn't remember the last time the baby moved. And we ended up going into the hospital."

Doctors were unable to find a heartbeat on the Ruholl's unborn child.

Natasha Ruholl says, "The next day our son Daniel Anthony was born sleeping. He was three pounds ten ounces and seventeen and a half inches long. He was beautiful."

The Ruholl's love for Daniel was no different than any other parent's. However, their time with their son was short.

Natasha Ruholl says, "After he was born we were encouraged by our nurses to send him down to the morgue for several hours at a time. And I remember holding him and when I heard those words it was just beyond heartbreaking."

The Ruholls only had hours to spend with their son. It's an experience they want to help other parents deal with.

The family partnered with Madison's Miracles to donate a cuddle cot to the Crawford Memorial Hospital. When used the device keeps the stillborn baby cool. This means more time with the grieving family.

Cindy Williamson with Crawford Memorial hospital says, "It's huge to us because it's never easy if you've ever experienced a loss of a baby. Because at that time it's time to say hello and it's also time to say goodbye."

Natasha Ruholl continues, "It means so much that we can do so much more for so many other families that also travel down the unimaginable path of losing a child."

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