Parents say goodbye to baby Cosette with a catchy appeal: “You did not die in vain” (Domestic)

Parents say goodbye to baby Cosette with a catchy appeal: “You did not die in vain” (Domestic)
Parents say goodbye to baby Cosette with a catchy appeal: “You did not die in vain” (Domestic)
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Acoustic versions of 10,000 Hot Air Balloons and other children’s songs sounded on Saturday in the Veurne auditorium of Uitvaart Cornelis, where hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Cosette Theunynck. The girl from Roesbrugge died unexpectedly from an eye infection at the age of 9 months.

Lost voice

While a photographer from First & Last moments immortalized the last shared family moments, mom Kelly Maelstaf gave an emotional and extensive testimony. She was occasionally assisted by a speaker. “I lost my voice due to not enough sleep,” she almost apologized. “It’s a long text, but listen and take a piece of love with you.” (Read more below the photo)

Mama Kelly Maelstaf gave an emotional and extensive testimony. — © Thijs Pattyn

The mother courageously sketched Cosette’s too short life story. From the positive pregnancy test to the hospital admission and the words no parent should ever hear: “your baby will die”. “We were still allowed to be with you: hug you, caress your hair, hold you, but you no longer moved, there was nothing left. Life has shown its darkest side. But why? The doctors themselves thought it was very strange that everything happened so quickly. It is exceptional and brutal bad luck.” (Read more below the photo)

The flowers and drawings for Cosette.

The flowers and drawings for Cosette. — © Thijs Pattyn

Before the eye infection, Cosette appeared to be perfectly healthy. “You were so perfect, quick sulk. Even before I had children, the name Cosette was in my head: a French name from the novel Les Misérables. Your name means victor. You have proven that you will emerge victorious from the battle. The Cosette love I felt was indescribable. Sister Renée (6) and brother Médard (almost 3) were also crazy about you.” (Read more below the photo)

Cosette Theunynck was nine months old.

Cosette Theunynck was nine months old.

“Everywhere we went you stood out with your beautiful eyes: everyone was talking about your bright blue eyes. You had the best food for nine months: my breast milk. You were never sick. Oh, I was so happy. You were a dream. We did so many trips. Never in our room, never crying, always laughing and keppe doing. You were a lottery ticket, I wished everyone a Cosette. You brought so much happiness into my life. I will continue to wonder: why?” (Read more below the photo)

“Everywhere we went you stood out with your beautiful eyes: everyone was talking about your bright blue eyes.”

“Everywhere we went you stood out with your beautiful eyes: everyone was talking about your bright blue eyes.” — © Thijs Pattyn

Cosette can help two other children with the donation of her heart and liver. “She was eligible and the question had not yet been asked by the doctor, but we already said that we liked this. And then very suddenly your blood pressure dropped. The stress was in every fiber of my body. Could you donate? It didn’t look good. You wouldn’t give up, would you, Cosette? I cried because the only thing that would bring me comfort was your donation. They had difficulty getting you stable, gave you cortisone and it took a while, but luckily you recovered.”

Puzzle pieces

“Shortly afterwards there was a consultation and the doctors gave us information: that it happens anonymously and we do not know which country it would be. First they searched Europe and only then the rest of the world. All fine with me, as long as they could find a recipient. There was a chance that it wouldn’t work: there were so many pieces of the puzzle that had to fit.” (Read more below the photo)

A photo of Cosette with a typical hairband.

A photo of Cosette with a typical hairband. — © Thijs Pattyn

“An ultrasound scan was made of your heart. Your daughter has a good heart, the cardiologist said. Of course you had a good heart, there was no doubt about that. A little later we received the news that a receiver had been found in Europe. I started to cry like a little child, out of happiness. A little later a recipient was found for your liver. Dear Cosette, you did not die in vain. It is a comfort that you were able to give two families the greatest gift of their lives.” (Read more below the photo)

Cosette's coffin.

Cosette’s coffin. — © Thijs Pattyn

“I will miss you so much keppe. Never again that perfect family photo. I will tell your brother and sister a lot about you. You will continue to live in our house. You deserve unconditional love, playful desire and every kiss in slow motion. I feel you everywhere in everything. I will continue to protect you, forever my third child.” (Read more below the photo)

A few family photos at the front of the auditorium.

A few family photos at the front of the auditorium. — © Thijs Pattyn

“Life has no certainties. Haven’t we been through enough yet? I hoped we’d never have to hand you over. Please Cosette, take care of us. I will try to be gentle with myself. Dear people, we spend an incredible amount of time hoping that tomorrow will be better, but in the meantime we forget the most important thing: celebrate every day, be proud, courageous and strong. Remember to be very careful with your heart. Who knows, maybe one day you will also be a donor.”

Hundreds of people attended the funeral ceremony.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral ceremony. — © Thijs Pattyn

The article is in Dutch

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