$500 stolen at baby's funeral
AS if dealing with the death of his baby daughter Harmony from meningococcal was not hard enough, Sunshine Coast rugby league player Craig Wright and his family have been devastated by a theft of more than $500 at her funeral.
The money was stolen from a wishing well the family set up for mourners to donate to the Harmony Foundation.
The organisation will raise money for further research into meningococcal, as well as provide support for other victims.
"That was the start of our foundation, to buy the name and all that sort of stuff that we need to spend money before we can get it going," Harmony's mother Jaimee said.
"That was the kick in the guts," 30-year-old Craig said. "It's absolutely putrid."
Grandparents and siblings gathered for support as tears flowed and a young family remembered the short time they spent with their special girl.
The Sunshine Coast community still mourns the passing of Harmony Maree Alyce Wright.
"She was my first daughter and she had five older brothers," Craig said. "My first little girl, absolutely perfect in every way.
"She'd just started giggling, just started laughing and smiling, really coming into her own."
Harmony was a small baby, at just 48cm and slightly more than 3kg, but she made a huge impression on everyone around her.
Her mum struggled to hold back the tears as she told of how Harmony made her world a better place.
"She touched so many people's lives in the three months she was here," she said.
"Everyone who met her fell in love with her."
But when the disease struck two weeks ago, there was nothing all the love in the world could do to save Harmony.
She had been sick for a few days with the flu, as well as what her parents believed was colic, but the only sign something was seriously wrong was when Harmony became extremely lethargic.
They initially thought it was simply due to a lack of sleep.
"That's what people don't understand; it is exactly like everything else," Jaimee, 21, said. "You can't pick it."
Harmony was rushed to Caboolture Hospital and treated but needed to be transferred to the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital.