Mother donates Cuddle Cot giving families more time with stillborn babies

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A local mother is using her grief in having a stillborn baby to help other families in similar situations.

On Monday, Amber Cappetto and her husband Michael along with their three daughters donated the first Cuddle Cot to Summerville Medical Center.  It will allow families to have more time to say goodbye to stillborn babies.

Their family's loss has inspired a gift for others.

Amber Cappetto carried her baby boy named Bryson for 34 weeks and four days.

"He was four pounds, eight ounces, he was real," Amber said.

An emergency C-section revealed Bryson's umbilical chord had wrapped around his neck. He was a stillborn baby.

"I was heavily sedated after surgery, and a lot of what memories I have are what people have told me or through photos,"  Amber said. "If I had a little extra time, I could have made my own memories."

Through the grief, almost exactly a year later their family has raised money to donate the gift of time, a Cuddle Cot. It's a special bassinet that keeps a stillborn's body temperature cool by slowing down the natural processes that cause the body to change.

"I had five hours and it's not enough," Amber said.

With the Cuddle Cots families can have the option to spend more time with a child before they are taken away. Bryson's sisters spent a short time with him too.

"I do have a few photos of them with them I would have loved even more and the Cuddle Cot would have done that," Amber said.

Now families at Summerville Medical Center with a similar situation will have a longer time to say goodbye.

"If only one family used it, and they had more time than I had then it was all worth it," Amber said.

On the Cuddle Cot is a Bible verse in memory of her son.

"This has kind of been Bryson's verse since it was on a card right after we lost him and it's on his grave as well," Amber said. "It says 'remember I am with you always untill the end of time' and it just kind of speaks to us."

Cuddle Cots cost on average about $3,000.

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