After the birth of his twin girls, Sydney Swans player Gary Rohan has shared a heartbreaking Instagram post addressing the loss of his daughter Willow Nevaeh Rohan, who passed away five hours after she was born yesterday morning.
In November, the AFL gun and wife Amie announced their pregnancy in a bittersweet post that revealed one of the twin babies had a fatal birth defect known as anencephaly, where parts of the baby’s scalp, skull and brain doesn’t develop in the womb. Gary said at the time: “these babies live from a few moments to a few hours after birth. Babies born with anencephaly are not compatible with life.”
Taking to Instagram earlier today, Gary shared a pic of Amie, Willow and her sister Bella Rae Rohan taken shortly after the twins were delivered.
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. [It’s] 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.
He went on to thank the staff at Sydney‘s Royal Hospital for Women, adding that “yesterday was one off the hardest days Amie and I have ever had to deal with”.
Gary has taken time off from footy to be with Amie and Bella, and to grieve the loss of their precious baby Willow.
We’re sending our deepest sympathies to the Rohans at this incredibly difficult time.