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Phoebe Family Member Donates CuddleCot™

Americus, GA | Sept. 17, 2021  – The Labor & Delivery Department at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center recently received a special donation. Candace McDonald, an ultrasound tech at Phoebe Sumter, along with her family, donated a CuddleCot™ in memory of their son, Conor Franklin. 

Candace had to deliver Conor 30 weeks into her pregnancy on December 13, 2018 and he passed away the next day. After her son’s death, Candace began fundraising with Ashlie’s Embrace, a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness of CuddleCots and makes them available to parents through medical facilities.

The CuddleCot is a special bassinet used to cool and preserve a newborn’s body, allowing parents more time with their baby before saying good-bye.

“The CuddleCot gives the precious gift of time to help families with the grieving process, which is so important. We are honored to receive this donation,” said Brandi Lunneborg, CEO, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.