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CuddleCot Dedicated to Memorial

Local family donates medical equipment in memory of son.

In the most difficult times, the strongest still find a way to shine.  There is no better example of this than Marysville residents Roy and Jenny Burton, and their son Keagan.

On June 3rd, 2013, Keagan was born to heaven, after being diagnosed with anencephaly halfway into Jenny’s pregnancy. In the thirty-six hours after his birth, the Burtons were able to partake in keepsake activities with Keagan, such as having a photographer capture photos, holding him, and visiting with family and friends who came.

The most valuable thing Roy and Jenny were able to share with Keagan was time. However, they recognized that not everyone can have that when they lose a child. Thanks to the Burton’s generosity, now all families at Memorial who suffer the loss of a newborn will have that chance.

Roy and Jenny have dedicated a CuddleCot and bassinet to Memorial Hospital in loving memory of Keagan. The CuddleCot contains a cooling system that helps maintain body composition, so parents may remain with their baby for as long as possible – giving them precious moments where every minute counts.

“Keagan was stillborn, but he was still born with his life touching hearts and minds around the world.  And his impact is not over yet,” offers Jenny. “Through a community outpouring of kindness, we surpassed our fundraising goal for purchasing the CuddleCot.” The remaining funds were donated to Duke University for anencephaly research, a tribute to all babies that were lost too soon.

“We sincerely hope the CuddleCot does not have to be used,” provides Lindsay Partee, director of the Memorial Hospital Miracle Life Center. “If it does, though, we are honored to provide it to families.  Our biggest thanks to Roy, Jenny, and sweet baby Keagan, for being a light in the darkness to our families who need it most.”