CuddleCot for Meno Ya Win Health Centre
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Marquee Miller-Roussin, from Dryden, had a goal of raising $3500 so that the Dryden Regional Health Centre could have a CuddleCot. She surpassed that goal quickly, and easily had enough to donate CuddleCots to the Dryden Regional Health Centre, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, and Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora.
“The response we got blew me out of the water, so we wanted to go a little further because we were just shy of Kenora. We got Kenora on board and they helped with the last of it, but we had the first two within the first week,” Miller-Roussin explained.
October 8 will mark the third birthday of her son Lennox who passed away during child birth in 2015. Lennox was Miller-Roussin’s inspiration for starting the fundraiser because she wanted to make sure that other mothers could have the necessary time with their stillbirth babies, which is time that she didn’t have with Lennox.
“It makes me emotional just thinking about how this is going to help parents because we didn’t have that extra time. Just being able to help families is an incredible feeling, and doing it in honour of my son is so important. His short life has served a tremendous purpose and has continued to bless many people,” she said.
Flexmort, which produces the CuddleCot, describes it. “The CuddleCot system cools baby allowing families to stay with their baby before being moved to the morgue and is in use in thousands of hospitals across the world. The CuddleCot™ cooling pad is placed in any Moses basket, crib, bed or other receptacle. It is connected by a specially insulated hose and is quietly cooled using the CuddleCot cooling unit. The CuddleCot system comes in its own carry case with two sizes of cooling pad for premature and full term babies. The CuddleCot cools to an ideal temperature for preserving baby without being too cold for the parents.”
Miller-Roussin said she received a lot of support when Lennox passed away, and she’s amazed at the support she continues to get almost three years later.
“When my son had passed away the amount of support we got was incredible and, even two years later, to still have that support feels amazing,” she concluded.