'He radiated love': Couple honour their late son with Sydney hospital donation

A Sydney couple, whose newborn son died after just six weeks, has pledged more than $50,000 to the Royal Hospital for Women.

Amy and Brendan Sadgrove helped baby Jack, nicknamed little Jack Sparrow, into the world at just 24 weeks of age.

“He was fiery and feisty and didn’t like his [airway] prongs,” Jack’s mother Amy said of the tubes that had helped her son to breathe.

“He’s always pull his hand up to his face as if (saying) ‘get this off me’.”

Little Jack sadly lost his battle after 41 days. Picture: 7 News

Little Jack had round-the-clock care in the neonatal intensive care unit, but when his kidneys failed last Friday, the 41-day-old bub couldn’t be saved.

“We saw his deterioration throughout the day and we could see what was coming,” Mr Sadgrove said.

“We got to say our goodbyes for a long time and have a good cry with him. And then he passed away on Amy’s chest.”

Little Jack Sadgrove was born at 24 weeks. Picture: 7 News

Mrs Sadgrove teared up as she described her “trusting” newborn.

“He radiated love,” she said.

Amy and Brendan Sadgrove. Picture: 7 News

The Sadgroves are comforted by a hospital staff member. Picture: 7 News

Little Jack’s memory will now live on in the hospital, with more than $50,000 donated by the Sadgrove's family, their friends and complete strangers touched by Jack’s story.

“Jack’s legacy will be used to fund chairs and other breast feeding facilities for mothers,” Dr Meredith Ward said.

The Sadgroves said they were now focused to one day telling Jack’s brothers and sisters about his legacy and battle.

To donate to the ‘Like Jack Sparrow’ fund, CLICK HERE

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