Double baby joy for stillbirth tragedy couple

Tasha Rumble and Peter Allen

Tasha Rumble and Peter Allen

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A COUPLE who suffered the tragedy of a stillborn baby are expecting a double delight in just two weeks.

Tasha Rumble, 24, and Peter Allen, 25, were left devastated when their baby boy Alfie Thomas Allen was stillborn on March 1 last year.

The pair struggled to come to terms with the

tragedy, with Tasha suffering post-natal and bereavement depression afterwards.

But then eight months later, their sadness turned

to joy when Tasha and Peter discovered they were expecting again – this time with twins.

Tasha told the Mail: “It felt like my whole lifetime had gone by waiting for something to happen that was never going to be.

“It was awful, it didn’t sink in straight away.

“It wasn’t until I had actually given birth to him and I didn’t hear him cry, that’s when it sank in.

“It just felt like I was in a bad dream.”

She added: “When I found out I was pregnant again it was a total surprise. To be told it was twins was unbelievable, I nearly choked!

“Lots of people say things happen for a reason, and I believe this is one of those occasions.

“We lost one baby and now we’re having two, it’s a complete blessing.”

Alfie was born weighing 4lb 8oz at the University Hospital of North Tees and was perfectly formed. Doctors said there was a problem with Tasha’s blood being too thick which caused complications in the pregnancy and caused Alfie to die in the late stages of the pregnancy.

So, for the whole of this pregnancy, she has had to take an aspirin every day to thin her blood and reduce the risk to the babies.

The pair are expecting their newborn twins in just two weeks, with Tasha booked in for Caesarean section on July 16.

“We can’t wait,” she said.

“We’re really excited. We know the sex of the twins but we’re not telling anyone, we want it to be a secret.

“If one is a boy though we’re going to have his middle name Alfie, after his big brother.”

In October, the couple and their families rallied together and held fundraising events at the Mill House pub, in Rium Terrace, which raked in £1,500 to buy Alfie a headstone.

Peter, of Rosthwaite Close, in Baker’s Mead, lost his job at Sponges Car Wash, on Tees Bay Retail Park, and Tasha, of Friendship Lane, on the Headland, gave up her job as a caterer and cleaner at Ineos, at Seal Sands.

The week of activities included two music nights with local band The Midnite Bears along with darts, pool and dominoes competitions, an entertainment quiz, a prize bingo night and a race night all organised by Mill House-based ‘Hartlepool True Fellows’.

Raffles were also held and the top prizes included a signed Hartlepool United football provided by Mick Wearmouth and a hospitality package at Pools donated by Hartlepool Beer and Wine Company boss Phil Gallagher.

Peter was also sponsored to abstain from drinking for three weeks, and Tasha lost almost a stone in a sponsored slim.

Borthwick Memorials, based in the town’s Burn Road, continued the goodwill for the couple by providing the headstone for little Alfie’s resting place in Stranton Cemetery.