Devastated Mom Shares How She Predicted Her Baby Son Would Die after He Wouldn't Take His Dummy

Gracious Egedegbe
Mar 20, 2019
11:27 A.M.

A mother from Wallsend, Danielle O’Shaughnessy, predicted her son’s death minutes before he passed away in her arms. She knew something was wrong when he refused to take his dummy.


Danielle O’Shaughnessy is a devoted mother who suffered the loss of her child. She started the day like most days, and everything seemed normal, but by lunchtime, her intuition told her something was wrong.

She got the feeling when the toddler, Danyl, refused to take his toy dummy, and she told her mum that her baby was going to die. Five minutes after making the prediction, she noticed her son’s breathing was different.

The 32-year-old mother picked him up and held him in her arms until he fell asleep — never to wake up. This happened ten days after celebrating his first birthday with his twin brother, Dylan. Describing the way he died, she said although it was unexpected, her baby died peacefully and surrounded by love.


The O’Shaughnessys’ were given a cuddle cot by the charity “4Lious” to enable them to have him for four more days. Expressing her gratitude, the bereaved mother said the gift made a difference as it gave their family and friends an opportunity to hold him for the last time while saying goodbye.

Speaking with “Mirror,” O’Shaughnessy said they were glad they got to spend a year with their deceased son, whom doctors said should not have been born.

She also added that nothing about her late son's life went the way it was supposed to, as he lived on his terms and died the same way, without having to live on drugs.


Danyl and his twin were born in October 2017, after a difficult pregnancy. Since birth, the little boy fought every day to stay alive against staggering odds.

While in the womb, the doctors advised that he should not be born, but since taking Danyl out might affect his twin, O’Shaughnessy and her husband, Kelvin, decided to keep him, to give Dylan a fighting chance.

Danyl had Hypoplastic Left-heart Syndrome — meaning only one part of his heart was working. The condition is a severe case of heart defect and was detected when the mother went for her twenty weeks check-up.


The O’Shaughnessys' kept the pregnancy choosing to have a few moments with their son, rather than having none. Danyl grew to beat the three days survival rate he had, living with his parents rather than in a hospice, until he passed away in October 2018.

The grieving parents are raising funds for "4Lious" and "St. Oswald Hospice, Gosforth," to say thank you, and have received over $18000.

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