The Dauphin Regional Health Centre was the recipient of a generous gift from the Compassionate Friends of South Western Manitoba.

The gift was a Cuddle Cot, a device used to give parents who lose a baby, more time with their child.

The Cuddle Cot is a bassinette, with a cooling pad built-in, that keeps the baby cold next to the mother, to preserve the baby and give the family more time to grieve.

The device was designed in an effort to help families grieve for the child as long as they need to.

Dauphin is only the third place in Manitoba to have access to a Cuddle Cot; the other places are Brandon and Winnipeg.

The Compassionate Friends of South Western Manitoba is a support group for parents who have lost a child. Chairperson Jim Vickers says they wanted to donate the Cuddle Cot to the DRHC to help parents have the chance to grieve properly.

Vickers adds that, obviously, the Compassionate Friends is an organization that no one wants to belong to, but if anyone needs them, they are there.

Anyone wanting to learn more about Compassionate Friends can go to their website.