Toowoomba mum’s loss inspires her to join SIDS campaign

A YOUNG Toowoomba woman who went through the heartbreak of losing a child has selflessly started a campaign to help others in the same situation.

Chelsea Doneman lost her daughter Olivia Rose to sudden infant death syndrome.

The baby was born healthy in the Toowoomba Hospital two years ago, but died without warning when she was only one month old.

SELFLESS CAMPAIGN: Chelsea Doneman and her daughter Ruby Van Der Zee are campaigning to help other families who have lost a child.
SELFLESS CAMPAIGN: Chelsea Doneman and her daughter Ruby Van Der Zee are campaigning to help other families who have lost a child. Andrew Backhouse

Living in Dalby at the time, she woke up to feed little Olivia when the baby suddenly stopped breathing and started bleeding from the nose.

She rushed to the hospital, but when she arrived it was too late.

Ms Doneman now knows the pain of having a child die of SIDS and said everything went down hill after the death.

"It was so hard to cope knowing our baby girl was gone," she said.

"Everyone kept saying everything will be okay and it will get easier but to this day it's getting harder and harder."

But Ms Doneman wants to turn her negative experience into a positive by raising money and awareness about SIDS.

She hopes to help support other parents who have lost a baby through supporting the SIDS and Kids charity.

The group is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.

"They helped me during the death of Olivia.

"They rang me every day to check up on me and sent my eldest daughter books and colouring-in pens.

"We didn't have anything to give back to them at the time, and now I want to pay them back."

To help Ms Doneman in her campaign, visit or sSIDS-KIDS.

Topics:  sids sudden infant death syndrome

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