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Family of Highland MP announce the tragic death of his baby grandson


By Alasdair Fraser

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Drew Hendry MP.
Drew Hendry MP.

The family of Highland MP Drew Hendry are mourning the sudden death of his baby grandson.

The member of parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey passed on the sad news through social media this afternoon.

Mr Hendry revealed publicly in June last year he had become a grandfather for the first time with the birth of Cameron to his son Ross and partner Jill Seager, who live in Edinburgh.

He spoke of how the family were taken aback by news that Jill had delivered a “stealth baby” – one that no one was expecting.

A so-called cryptic pregnancy is when a woman does not discover she’s pregnant until 20 weeks or, sometimes, only when she begins to feel contractions before birth.

The condition affects about one in 450 mothers-to-be.

A statement on behalf of the family said: “Our wonderful grandson, Cameron, died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on the 23rd of July.

“Our whole family and those around us have been devastated by this tragic loss.

“Cameron came into our lives suddenly, joyfully and miraculously. He was an unexpected gift, whose very arrival caused excitement and delight for us and many more, from far and wide when the news broke.

“Although he has left us as suddenly as he arrived, we are forever grateful for our short time with him.

“For all of the considerable pain and heartache for Ross and Jill, as well as for the immediate and extended family and friends, we are all determined to remember the joy that Cameron brought to our lives and carry his light, his humour and his energy with us.

“We will live our lives with his hand in ours and our hearts entwined.

“As there was considerable public interest in Cameron's birth we felt it appropriate to issue these words but don't wish to make any further comment.

“We would now hope for privacy as we come to terms with his loss.

The statement added: “We would be grateful if those wishing to do so could donate to the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity, whose work gave such comfort to us, and to Cameron's Nursery where he was loved and is also sorely missed.”

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