Partner’s emotional tribute to mum who died after birth and ‘won’t meet’ baby
The partner of a teen mum who died shortly after giving birth at home has told of his heartbreak over losing her and the fact she will never meet her son.
The tragic death of 18-year-old Danielle Jones, who had an “unknown pregnancy”, is being treated as unexplained by police.
Danielle’s boyfriend Ozzy Godfrey, 18, has remained at two-day-old Danny’s bedside as the newborn is hooked up to machines while receiving treatment in hospital.
Ozzy has shared heartbreaking photos of his baby son, who was named after Danielle, while paying tribute to his late girlfriend and vowing to fight for their boy.
In one post, he wrote: “I’m having a baby boy, what Dani would have wanted. Such a shame she won’t meet him.”
He added: “Everyone meet Danny Godfrey, my baby boy. He looks just like his mother. I’m fighting for you little man, keep strong for me as well, don’t leave on me now.”
In another post, Ozzy, who had been in a relationship with Danielle for about two years, wrote: “RIP babe I can’t believe that I have lost you.
“I loved you more than anything in the world.
“I will look after our little one that was born today (Sunday).
“I’m so broke I can’t believe it. I tried my best babe.
“I will make our baby proud of you.”
Paramedics and police were called to Danielle’s home just before noon on Sunday.
She was taken to hospital, but died, said police.
A friend said Danielle,who would have turned 19 in March, had an “unknown pregnancy” and “the family have nothing” for her newborn baby boy.
Ozzy thanked people who have donated to a GoFundMe page set up to support his baby son and pay for Danielle’s funeral expenses.
Danielle loved horses and friends are raising money to pay for a horse and carriage to carry her body during a funeral procession.
Ozzy wrote: “Thanks to everyone who is donating towards my girl’s dream horse and carriage.
“She has always said that would be what she wanted at her funeral.
“It makes me so happy knowing everyone is helping.
“You have all been amazing and helped me and the family and Dani’s family through it.
“Let’s keep strong and give Danielle Jones, my everything, the best send-off she could have.”
The page stated: “Our beautiful friend Danielle lost her life and her baby boy Danny was brought into this world.
“Danielle loved horses and it would mean the world to the family if she got her horse and carriage send-off.
“She was so innocent and kind and it has been a real shock to us all.
“Danielle’s beautiful boy baby Danny is still in the hospital and the family have nothing for him as this was an unknown pregnancy any help would be greatly appreciated.
“Let’s give Danielle the send-off she deserves.”
The GoFundMe page had raised more than £3,000 in just 20 hours.
Friends said that Danielle’s newborn son Danny was named after her as a tribute to the mum he will never meet.
One pal said: “I was really shocked when I found out, I couldn’t speak. I think Ozzy and the family are finding it hard.
“She was 18, definitely gone way too soon.”
The friend added: “She was really funny and if you were sad, she’d always be the one to cheer you up. She had a heart of gold. She was always up for a laugh.
“She will be greatly missed and it’s a shame with Covid (restrictions) that not a lot of us can go to her funeral.”
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said the young mother died after giving birth at a home.
The spokesperson said: “We were called by the ambulance service to attend a property in Bratton Road, Bristol, at just before midday (on Sunday).
“A woman who was at the property was treated at the scene and taken to hospital, but sadly she has died.
“Her death is currently being treated as unexplained and we’re carrying out further enquiries.”
A post-mortem is due to take place to identify Danielle’s cause of death.