Balloon released in Milton Keynes in memory of baby boy reaches the Netherlands

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A Milton Keynes couple who released almost 100 balloons to honour their late son’s 1st birthday, have been contacted by a woman in Holland.

Natalia King gave birth to her son, Max, on March 19, 2016 but ‘within minutes’ his health declined and he sadly passed away.

Credit: Natasha Thompson

Credit: Natasha Thompson

Dad Wayne King, explains: “Nobody understood what went wrong for such a seemingly healthy boy.

“After an agonising six month wait, we finally recieved our answer, he had died from the virus CMV - Cytomegalovirus.”

After a ‘horrendous’ year, the couple and their two-year-old daughter Lexie, gathered family and friends to release balloons from the Holy Trinity Church in Old Wolverton for Max’s birthday.

Natalia added: “We wanted to try and turn this date into a happy one.”

The purpose of the event was to share Max’s legacy #doitformax and raise money for CMV Action.

Every balloon had a message for Max and a contact e-mail address encouraging the finder to get back in touch with Natalia and Wayne.

Almost two days after the balloons were released, Natalia received an e-mail from a woman in Holland, telling her a #doitoformax ballon had reached her.

Natalia said: “To our absolute amazement we were contacted by someone in the Netherlands who recieved a balloon and our message.

“Considering they were released from Old Wolverton I only expected them to reach maybe Newport Pagnell.”

In total the balloon released raised just over £200 for charity.

Picture credit: Natasha Thompson