A YOUNG father cradled the tiny white coffin of his baby son yesterday as he said an emotional goodbye to “the child he never had”.
Blake Carrington and Lisa Tilbury took the heartbreaking step of burying their “little Braveheart” Aaron, who died after doctors found a tumour on his kidney at the 20-week scan.
The youngster, who had been given a one per cent chance of survival, died before his mother Lisa Tilbury’s pregnancy reached full-term.
A small group of close family and friends gathered for a short service at Brodie’s Funeral Parlour in Bathgate in memory of the tragic tot.
Mr Carrington carried his son’s coffin into the parlour to the tune of Amazing Grace before the congregation heard tributes from the shell-shocked parents and “nana” Helen Carrington. They also sang You’ll Never Walk Alone and the hymn How Great Thou Art during the half-hour service.
A tribute from Aaron’s parents, read out by Monsignor Alistair Lawson of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel in Bathgate, said: “We dreamt of you and your life and all that it would be. We waited and longed for you to come and join our family.
“We never had the chance to play, to laugh, to rock you, to wiggle and giggle. I’ll always be your mummy and he will always be your daddy, you will always be our baby. But now you’re gone, and yet you’re here. We’ll sense you everywhere.
“You are the child we had but never had, our little Aaron. You will be forever with us.”
Monsignor Lawson read another tribute from Aaron’s nana, which said: “Goodnight my precious darling, you will be sorely missed.
“Aaron I will never forget you, as I give you one last kiss.”
Mr Carrington, 21, carried the coffin out of the parlour at the end of the service, before the short drive to Bathgate cemetery.
Aaron’s parents took cords to lower the tiny white coffin into the ground while grieving relatives quietly sobbed as they looked on.
Others stepped forward to throw flowers into the grave after Mrs Carrington dropped in a Saltire flag.
Blue and white flowers with the simple word “SON” were placed on the grave alongside baby-blue toys and tributes.
Mr Carrington wore a baby-blue tie in tribute to his son, while Miss Tilbury and Mrs Carrington wore blue tops under their black blazers.
The family launched the Baby Carrington: Our Little Braveheart appeal when they first heard that Aaron had a tumour at the ultrasound scan.
It was too early to tell whether the tumour was cancerous or benign.
Despite the odds, the family hoped that Aaron could be taken to the Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States for specialist treatment.
But a fortnight ago, doctors discovered that the baby’s heart had stopped. Aaron Alexander Norman Carrington was delivered at St John’s Hospital in Livingston on March 23, weighing exactly 1lb. Miss Tilbury, 22, was just over six months’ pregnant at the time.