Heartbroken mother who lost her baby girl at seven months offers advice about dealing with grief

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A heartbroken mother who lost her baby girl at seven months old before discovering her second unborn child had the same fatal condition as her first revealed what everyone should know about grief.
A heartbroken mother who lost her baby girl at seven months old before discovering her second unborn child had the same fatal condition as her first has revealed what everyone should know about grief.

A heartbroken mother who lost her baby girl at seven months old has revealed what everyone should know about grief (Rachael Casella pictured)

Police officer Rachael Casella, 35, from Sydney, and her husband Jonny, were told that their baby girl Mackenzie had Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 - a devastating terminal neuromuscular disorder- when she was ten weeks old.

The parents then had just seven months with Mackenzie before she died, during which time they celebrated a series of seven 'monthdays' with their little girl.

Like many other couples starting a family, Rachael and Jonny had no idea that they were both carriers for a genetic disease.

They are now champions for a world-leading $20million reproductive genetic carrier screening study - such is their determination that other couples should not go through the same grief.

This month, Rachael has released a book, Mackenzie's Mission, about both the Casellas' tragic story and how to use grief and loss as a driving force for good.

Rachael shared an exclusive excerpt with FEMAIL about how to cope with grief, and how others around people who are grieving can help them cope.

Police officer Rachael Casella, 35, from Sydney, and her husband Jonny, were told that their baby girl Mackenzie had Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 - a devastating terminal neuromuscular disorder- when she was ten weeks old (Rachael and Jonny with Mackenzie)

The parents then had just seven months with their little girl before she died, during which time they celebrated a series of seven 'monthdays' with little Mackenzie (pictured)

From Rachael Casella

I am by no means an expert on grieving (honestly, who wants to be an expert on grieving?) but I have certainly learned something about helping others through it.

In some cases,…
By Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia
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