The little unborn baby that touched the hearts of so many in the community passed away two days after being born.
Little Baby Ollie, the son of Brianna and Chad McLellan of Salmon Arm, died on Wednesday, July 15 in his parents’ arms in BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Ollie was suffering from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which meant his abdominal organs had pushed into his chest cavity.
His little heart has been pushed to one side and there was little space left for his lungs to grow
On Friday, July 10, Brianna was induced following a health complication. After a long labour, Ollie was born on Monday, July 13 by emergency cesarean section.
Brianna’s sister and Ollie’s aunt, Deidra Staley, told the Observer that the doctors did everything they could for Ollie, but his oxygen absorption rates had been too low for too long, which was leading to organ and brain damage.
She stresses that she and her family are extremely grateful for all the community support.
“He fought hard, and our family got to kiss his perfect little face, and take in every healthy little roll. It was deceiving, how perfect he looked.
“He took his last breath in his mom and dad’s arms Wednesday morning.
“‘Thank you’ just seems inadequate, for the people that have been here during this time.
“Our family is heartbroken, yet stronger and closer than ever. In his short time here, Ollie has made an enormous impact in our lives. I know he has reminded me to take in, and be grateful for, every moment.
“Kiss your loved ones more. Hug your friends tighter. Smile when the sun touches your face. And breathe. Don’t forget to breathe in this busy world.”