A Sheffield mum and dad eager to keep their son’s memory alive after tragedy struck are raising money in his honour.
Kyan and Melissa Batty lost their newborn son, Owyn, when he was just 16 days old following complications during his birth.
He suffered from moconium aspiration syndrome – which means he inhaled fluid and faeces during birth which blocked his airway.
Doctors told Kyan and Melissa that most babies with a serious case last only a few days – but Owyn battled for life for 16.
After his death, on December 9, the couple, of Harthill, Sheffield, spent 10 days with Owyn in a special suite for bereaved parents at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston.
They have now pledged to raise enough money to buy a number of items which will help children and families who use the hospice in future.
Kyan, aged 29, said: “We had a bedroom, kitchen and living room just for us.
“Those 10 days were so precious because we got to be a family.
“We have some fantastic memories of those 10 days. It didn’t cost us anything - they fed us and gave us counselling and support all for nothing.”
After their stay, the couple decided to raise just under £6,000 to pay for a piece of equipment to test children’s heart rates and blood pressure, a mini cot, slings to help the children get out of bed and portable sensory packs so parents can take their children out and about with plenty of items to keep them entertained.
They are already nearing their target and now Kyan, a Corporal at RAF Northolt near London, has signed up to run the London Marathon on Sunday and a Tough Mudder event and the Sherwood Pines 10K in August to give them a last fundraising push.
He said: “It’s a difficult target so I need to do some tough challenges.
“We are so very proud of what our little man achieved in such a short time and we will honour his life forever.”
n To make a donation to Owyn’s appeal, visit www.owyn.batty.muchloved.com