Capalaba parents raise funds for bassinet cooler CuddleCot in memory of son Harry James Quinn

ALWAYS CHERISHED: Emma Quinn with her son Harry James Quinn, who died one hour after being born on March 9, 2019. Photo: Supplied

ALWAYS CHERISHED: Emma Quinn with her son Harry James Quinn, who died one hour after being born on March 9, 2019. Photo: Supplied

A CAPALABA couple, whose son died the day he was born, are raising funds to buy a cooling unit used to keep dead newborns with their families longer.

Emma Quinn said the portable device, called a CuddleCot, was connected to a cooling pad that could keep any bassinet cool.

The pad was placed into the crib and used as a mattress to refrigerate the baby's body, helping parents and families spend extra time with their precious arrival.

Ms Quinn said she had never thought about the need for a bassinet cooling unit until tragedy struck.

She said she and her husband Nick were looking forward to meeting their son when they found out at 19 weeks gestation that he had Potter's Syndrome.

Couple Emma and Nick Quinn during Ms Quinn's pregnancy. Photo: Supplied

Couple Emma and Nick Quinn during Ms Quinn's pregnancy. Photo: Supplied

The condition meant their baby was expected to die at birth, Ms Quinn said.

"(He was) a miracle gifted to us that we never thought would end in such trauma," she said.

Ms Quinn said her son Harry James Quinn was born on March 9 at 22 weeks.

He died one hour after birth, but not before making a big impact on those around him, Ms Quinn said.

"We spent one amazing hour with Harry alive in our arms, seeing his facial expressions, feeling his heart beating and feeling him move," she said.

Ms Quinn said a CuddleCot at Redland Hospital had allowed her, Nick and their family to keep Harry close for two days.

The unit allowed the family time to cherish their son and to say "hi" and "goodbye" before his body was taken to a morgue.

"The photos, the memories I have stroking his soft skin, kissing his sweet cheeks and holding his little hands, I will cherish for life," Ms Quinn said.

"Never have I felt a love that I feel for him. I miss him every second of the day and my heart is broken."

Ms Quinn holds her son Harry. A bassinet cooled by a CuddleCot is pictured in the background. Photo: Supplied

Ms Quinn holds her son Harry. A bassinet cooled by a CuddleCot is pictured in the background. Photo: Supplied

Ms Quinn said she and Nick had chosen to raise $6000 for the CuddleCot on behalf of pregnancy and infant loss support group Bears of Hope.

She said she hoped the CuddleCot would be given to a Queensland hospital to help other families like hers.

"We want to be able to provide some families with the comfort we had ... ," Ms Quinn said.

"The time spent with Harry was priceless."

To donate, visit GoFundMe page Cuddle Cot in Memory of Harry James Quinn.