Portraits of little ones lost help parents who have stillborn or dying babies cope

Photographer Joan Leong with couples Peter and Victoria Taylor, and Lim Li Fern and Wong Yong Jie, who are holding portraits of their babies. More parents have approached her in the last two years.
Photographer Joan Leong with couples Peter and Victoria Taylor, and Lim Li Fern and Wong Yong Jie, who are holding portraits of their babies. More parents have approached her in the last two years.PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Volunteer photographer part of group helping parents who have stillborn or dying babies

After finding out that her baby girl's heartbeat had stopped at the 23rd week of her pregnancy, housewife Lim Li Fern had to face the difficult task of delivering her daughter Hana a few days later.

Hana had lost a struggle against Turner syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare cardiac defect.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Portraits of little ones lost help parents cope'. Print Edition | Subscribe