A grieving couple have shared their heartbreak at losing their two sons after they were pulled from a backyard pool unconscious just days ago and later died in hospital.
Paramedics were quickly called to the scene, around 45km north of Brisbane, where they performed CPR before rushing them to hospital. The two boys sadly died in the days following.
Parents Jo and Carmen, who according to the Mail Online were still coming to grips with the death of their 16-week-old daughter at the time, shared the devastating news in a statement, expressing their sadness at losing their beloved boys.
The statement, published by multiple news outlets, read: “It is with great sadness that we advise that our boys are no longer with us. Our family is incredibly grateful for the support and care provided by staff of the Queensland Children’s Hospital.”
Jo and Carmen also asked for privacy during the terrible time to grieve.
“We ask the media to please respect our family’s privacy at this sad time,” they continued. “We will not be providing any further comment.”
After the boys were found in the pool, a GoFundMe page was created to support the parents financially. Family members of the couple reached out for help, asking for anyone to open their heart and donate funds to the parents – who at the time were still hoping their boys would survive.
“Carmen and Jo are beautiful parents and need all of our love and support at this horrible time,” the website reads. “Michael and Josh are in all of our thoughts and prayers. All donations will go towards medical costs, travel fees while both Carmen and Jo are out of work to be at the hospital for their babies.”
BREAKING: Two young children are fighting for life after being pulled unconscious from a backyard pool at Morayfield. The 16-month-old toddler and two-year-old child were found in the water at a Michael Avenue home around 4:30pm. #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/hWGTsUIEQJ
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) March 25, 2019
Comments of love and support flooded in quickly along with donations of money from complete strangers. At the time of publication a total of $10,075 had been raised for Carmen and Jo.
“My heart is broken for this family. There are no words. Beyond devastating. Rest in peace sweet boys,” one person commented on the page.
“Praying for you and family in this extremely sad and difficult time. May God help you find peace knowing your boys are with Him in heaven. Big hugs,” another wrote.
While a third added: “Money can’t bring their children back, but it can surely relief the burden of the costs that are piling up. My thoughts and prayers go out to them during this very sad time in their lives.”