In a mere matter of weeks following Millie Smith and Lewis Cann’s revelation that they were expecting twin baby girls, a heart-wrenching truth unveiled itself: only one would endure the journey ahead.
On the 30th of April, after enduring a precarious 30-week pregnancy, Smith delivered a pair of identical twins, Callie and Skye. Regrettably, Skye’s frail existence flickered away within a mere three hours.
In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Callie slumbered solo in the incubator, while her adoring yet grieving parents maintained a vigilant watch. Amidst the cluster of infants, an overwhelmed mother of healthy newborn twins, unaware of Smith’s poignant circumstance, inadvertently remarked that she was “exceptionally fortunate” not to have twins.
Crushed by these thoughtless words, the new mother found herself lost for words, unable to articulate her profound grief. It was then, amidst her despair, that she discovered Skye’s enduring legacy, embodied in a delicate purple butterfly.