Baby Girl Dies Just Days After Phone With 'All Memories' Of Her Was Stolen
Just days after her parents made an appeal for a stolen phone containing irreplaceable family photos, 11-month-old Amiyah Windross died in hospital.
Amiyah, who was admitted to a Melbourne intensive care unit on Friday, succumbed to her illness early Wednesday morning.
The girl's father announced his daughter's passing in an emotional social media post.
"Amiyah's last hours were spent peacefully and calmly, cuddling in Mummy's and Daddy's arms - which is what she loved most," Jay Windross said on Thursday.
"Amiyah battled hard and fought an undiagnosed neurological issue from the day she was born. Her strength, her courage, and her unrelenting fight was on display from her first breath, all the way till her last."
On Saturday, Windross issued a desperate plea for his wife's missing mobile phone, believed to have been picked up at Melbourne's Chadstone Shopping Centre.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 with a purple cover contains hundreds of photos of Amiyah, who was admitted to hospital four times in her short life.
Windross told 10 daily on Saturday the family was desperate for the phone because it holds all of their memories of "what little life our daughter has had" and was "worth more than anything in our life".
"We understand that you have either found a new phone to use, or you can sell it to make money, but please understand that this means more than money to us," he said in a Facebook post, which has since been shared more than 150,000 times.
A cash reward is being offered for anyone with information regarding the phone's whereabouts.
The parents have asked for anyone who may have the phone to contact them or drop it off at reception of Monash Children's Hospital.