THE community is rallying around a single mum who lost her unborn baby in a horrific crash over the Easter weekend.
Mother of two primary school aged children Amanda Davies, remains in hospital after she was involved in a two-vehicle collision on the Midland Highway in Bannockburn.
Tarian Sharman, a friend of Ms Davies, chose to set up a GoFundMe page to offer the young family support during this time of need.
“I set it up because she is a friend of mine from years ago and I’d seen something was going on, on Facebook,” Ms Sharman said.
“She has two other children and is now facing the fact that she has to bury this child and I thought this was a way I could ease the burden for her.”
“I know that when foetuses are killed in crashes often they aren’t recognised.
“But it’s very likely that she would have given birth to a healthy baby (so it is a big loss).”
In a Victoria Police media release it was stated that the unborn baby was included in the road toll.
Ms Sharman said this was a significant improvement.
“It’s a positive step forward to count it as a life,” Ms Sharman said.
So far $360 has been raised.
SIDS is one of the agencies that provides crucial bereavement support to those affected by the death of an unborn baby or child, and receives more than 10,000 calls for support and education every year.
Many of these services are accessible through the Queen Elizabeth Centre that has a SIDS and Kids liaison.
Services are extensive and include counselling, parent and family support, peer support, sibling support, grandparent support groups, group activities, annual memorial services and telephone counselling. Ms Sharman has pleaded with all members of the community to reach out to Ms Davies.
“She’s such a kind person that she deserves it and I also wanted to raise awareness.” Search for Mandy Davies at gofundme.com.
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