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'Miracle' baby Ashleigh is finally laid to rest

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa | Mar 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

BABY Ashleigh Louw arrived at the home she never knew for the first and last time on Saturday morning - for her funeral.

Her tiny casket arrived in a black Mercedes-Benz hearse at the family flat in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, at 7.45am.

There was a delay in carrying her coffin into the flat in which her parents now live because the pastor had not yet arrived.

Her father, Jonathan Petersen, was dressed in a black pinstriped suit. He looked sombre as Ashleigh's coffin was carried up the stairs to their flat.

There family, friends and other mourners were invited in view her body before the home service began.

This was the end of the journey for the infant, who had touched the hearts of many.

Brother Nathan van Rooi said: "Ashleigh was a prophet unto all of us.

"As young as she was, the Lord sent her to touch each and every one of our lives.

"Her birth was a miracle."

Ashleigh was born on January 9 with her heart outside her body. She died on March 5, just two days before she was two months old.

Ashleigh's aunt, Olivea Louw, read a poem her mother, Anastacia Louw, had written.

"Your mother lives inside your laughter. She is the place you came from - your first home."

"Nothing can separate us, not time, space and not even death," she said.

More than 200 people accompanied Ashleigh to her final resting place at Eldorado Park Cemetery.


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