AFL star Gary Rohan shares heartbreak after one of his newborn daughters tragically passes away
Our thoughts are with the couple during this heartbreaking time.
AFL star Gary Rohan has announced one of his newborn twin daughters has tragically passed away, five hours after she was born. Rohan and his wife Amie welcomed daughters Bella Rea and Willow Nevaeh on Thursday, with the Sydney Swans star sharing the heartbreaking announcement to Instagram on Friday afternoon.
He shared a photo of his wife and daughters, captioning the photo:
“The most perfect little souls we have ever laid eyes on, we feel so truly blessed to be your parents.”
“Amie, Bella and I soaked up every second we had with Willow, making as many lasting memories as we could all together. Its those little moments we know we will never get back, and we will forever cherish the time we spent as our little family of four, before our darling Willow grew her little angel wings.”
“Bella is currently getting some special care in the NICU nursery but all in all doing very well.
“We can’t thank our team at the Royal Woman’s enough, yesterday was one off the hardest days Amie and I have ever had to deal with. It was a day full of many mixed emotions and you, our team, made everything so perfect. Words truly can’t express how grateful we are.
“To absolutely everyone else, thank you so very much for your kind words and support during this sad, happy, joyful and exciting time in our lives we are very proud parents off two beautiful little girls who we love so very much.”
“Our little angel Willow, oh how much you taught us in your precious 5 hours here ‘A life so brief, a child so small, you had the power to touch us all’.”
The couple announced in November on Instagram one of their twins would sadly die shortly after birth:
“Sadly, one of our beautiful bubs has been diagnosed with anencephaly. Anencephaly is a condition where part of the brain, skull and scalp never develops.
“Our brain is very sensitive, so to live our brain must have cushion and protection. Since our brain tells our heart to beat, our lungs to breath, our legs to move and so on, these babies live from a few moments to a few hours after birth.
“Babies born with anencephaly are not compatible with life.”
“Ames and I have known about this since our 11 week scan, and since knowing, we've been constantly discussing what we should do, how we should tell people and if we should tell people at all.
“We come to the decision that either way, BOTH our babies are beautiful, precious human beings, with the only thing being that sadly ones life is destined to be cut short.
“There are going to be some really difficult days ahead but also many happy ones, and we want to share each and every one of those moments with you all.”
“And at the end of the day, we will always be parents to twins, our journey has just been written a little differently to others.”
We are sending all our love to the Rohan family.
Image: Gary Rohan/Instagram