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‘Cuddle Cot’ gift aims to provide comfort to grieving families at Riley Children’s Hospital

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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - A gift to Riley Children's Hospital will help families coping with the loss of a newborn or a stillbirth, officials said.

The hospital has received a donated "Cuddle Cot" - a cooling device that allows relatives to spend added time with a baby who did not survive.

Hospital officials said the Cuddle Cot can easily be moved from room to room, maintaining privacy at a delicate time.

"Our Riley team members do an amazing job supporting families through a really unimaginable experience," said Elizabeth Boring, Pediatric Bereavement Manager for the Hope in Healing program. "The Cuddle Cot will provide an additional option for caring for these families. It’s going to add another layer of support to provide to Riley maternity families."

The gift was made possible by Cathy and Crane via "He Knows Your Name Ministry."

The Cranes lost two family members in an event eight years ago and wanted to offer others a gift that they did not get – the gift of time with their child.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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