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”.

Our beautiful baby girls have arrived Thursday the 12th of April 2018 Bella Rae Rohan 1780g / 3 pound 9 43cm 8:59am Willow Nevaeh Rohan 1295g / 2 pound 8 41cm 9:00am The most perfect little souls we have ever laid eyes on, we feel so truly blessed to be your parents xxx 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 xxx 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’

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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.

Image: Instagram / @amierohan_