Sadly Baby Carter cookson aged three weeks old who was born prematurely on Boxing day with heart problems has tragically died.
Sarah & Chris Cookson little Carter’s parents from South Shields launched an appeal to find a new heart for him after finding out a transplant would be urgently needed.
Sadly baby Carters family were faced with a double edged sword another baby would be needed to donate a heart.
Something his family admitted would be devastating for all families involved.
RIP Baby Carter Cookson 🕯 pic.twitter.com/0jZbdttWqI
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On Saturday night Sarah posted on Facebook . “RIP Carter John Cookson. Today he could not fight anymore.
“At 5.44pm our brave baby boy Carter John Cookson gained his angel wings and flew into his big brother’s arms.”
Sadly this is the second tragedy that has hit the family after the couple lost their firstborn son Charlie, who died when he was just two years old from an undiagnosed condition in 2013.
Carter survived three cardiac arrests within hours of being born but doctors became concerned after realising his heart was damaged on one side.
He was operated on, to attach a pacemaker, but the surgery was unsuccessful.
He had been kept alive at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital by an Ecmo (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine, which pumps blood around his body.
But the Ecmo machine could not be used indefinitely because of complications with the equipment, which meant Carter needed a heart transplant within days.