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Parents who lost a newborn reaching out to parents in similar spot

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Thursday, St. Louis Children's Hospital received a special delivery to help parents who may lose a newborn.

As News 4's Claire Kellett reports the delivery came from a mother and father who know exactly how painful such a loss can be.

Shortly after their 20 week ultrasound, Wayne and Lauren Turley received heartbreaking news about their second daughter.

"She was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, she had an extra chromosome 18. She would have numerous health complications, we knew our time with her would be very short," Lauren said.

Catherine was born at the end of 2014 and lived for only an hour. Amidst their grief, the Turleys started an organization called Catherine Cares.

"This is our Catherine's legacy, and if she can't be with us today, she's doing a lot of good," said Wayne.

Catherine Cares supports families of children who face a devastating diagnosis and provide them with restaurant gift cards and gas cards

As of today, they are also giving families heartbeat bears from Build-A-Bear.

They come with a recording device to capture the baby's heartbeat while inside a mother's stomach.

It's something different than a hospital's typical baby hand prints or footprints.

“It is harder when baby has diagnosis where you expect the outcome is death rapidly. Then it's harder to do, sometimes impossible to do those things, having that prenatal heartbeat is irreplaceable," Dr. Barbara Warner with St. Louis Children's Hospital said.

The Turleys want other families to know they are not alone; That they will be okay and they will smile again.

They also delivered the heartbeat bears to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Thursday.

And hope to do the same at hospitals throughout the Midwest.

Catherine Cares works with local grade schools including St. Peter's Catholic School in Kirkwood and William Holiday Elementary School in Fairview Heights.

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