The couple’s devastation over the loss of ‘surprise baby’ who was born in the hospital toilet

Hannah Muskett and Lewis Brittain were unaware they were pregnant until Hannah gave birth to daughter Ava-Louise, but tragically she died in hospital at the age of 9 months

Hannah and Lewis with Ava Louise
Hannah and Lewis with Ava Louise

The parents of a ‘miracle’ baby are heartbroken after she died just nine months after she was born.

Hannah Muskett didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth to daughter Ava-Louise in a hospital toilet last September.

Hannah and her partner Lewis Brittain, both 21, were shocked but are said to have been doting and over the moon with her from the moment she was born.

Shortly after her birth, doctors diagnosed Ava with a very rare genetic condition called Alagille Syndrome, which would require a liver transplant.

Both Hannah and Lewis matched and volunteered to be donors, but it was Mom who made the incredible decision to give Ava part of her liver. The Manchester Evening News reports.

The surgery was initially a success and Ava’s body accepted the new liver, but some time later she suffered kidney failure and developed sepsis.

She tragically died a few days later on June 1st.

Ava-Louise had a very rare condition called Alagille Syndrome


Hannah Musket)

Her family have paid tribute to their “miracle” baby, who she described as the “happiest, smiling and naughty” baby despite her condition and everything she had battled.

Her aunts Sammie, Chloe and Becky have since started a Gofundme page to raise money to buy a permanent memorial to Ava. Any additional money will be donated to the Allagile Syndrome Alliance.

You can donate to the family fundraiser here.

Samantha said: “We’re all heartbroken and we support each other and we’re there for Hannah and Lewis — especially Hannah because she now has the scar from the transplant as a reminder.

“Hannah didn’t know she was pregnant. Thinking it was her appendix, she ended up giving birth to Ava in the restroom in the ER.

“She was immediately placed in an incubator and doctors ran tests on her when they found out she had a condition called Allagiles Syndrome, which affects the liver.”

Ava was able to come home for a week over Christmas and spend time with family before being admitted to Leeds Children’s Hospital for a transplant on December 29.

Hannah donated part of her liver for the transplant, which took place on May 26th. The surgery went well and Ava’s body seemed to accept the new organ.

“But after that there were complications and Ava got kidney failure and sepsis,” Samantha said. “She died at 2am on June 1st. Her mother and father were there, both my grandparents and I and my sister followed and said goodbye.

“Her mother and father are only 21. They both spent their 21st birthdays in the hospital with Ava. They lived in a hotel in Leeds while she was in Leeds Children’s Hospital.

“Hannah and Lewis were in shock when Ava was born, but from the moment they met her they were over the moon. They were by her side every day.

“We started the fundraiser so we can do something with Ava’s ashes and try to create a permanent memorial like a bench for her. She was loved dearly by her whole family and both families are broken, life will never be the same without her infectious smile and beautiful face.”

Both families also plan to participate in a three-peak challenge across the country this September to raise money for the Allagile Syndrome Alliance.

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