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Dunblane massacre survivor says baby ‘worth every bit of suffering I have gone through’ as she gives birth just before 25th anniversary

A woman who survived the Dunblane massacre has given birth to her first child weeks before the 25th anniversary of the atrocity.

Amy Bestwick, 33, had a due date of March 13, exactly a quarter of a century after Thomas Hamilton murdered 16 children at her school.

But baby Hallie Rose arrived 16 days early and was born by emergency c-section on Thursday, February 25.

The 6lb 8oz tot and proud mum Amy are both doing well and have now been discharged from hospital.

Amy told the Mirror: “She’s beyond perfect, I’m absolutely loving being a mum.

“I feel like I’ve found the reason I’m here in this world, is like the missing piece of me has arrived.”

Amy says she is pleased Hallie was born early because it gives them an “extra two weeks” together.

She added: “On the anniversary my feelings will be absolute happiness, my world is complete now.

“This is why I never gave up searching to heal myself.

“Hallie is worth every bit of suffering that I have gone through.”

Last month the Mirror revealed how a quirk of fate saw Amy’s due date fall on the anniversary of Dunblane.

She still vividly remembers seeing bullets shatter a hallway window just metres from her classroom.

Deranged former Scout leader Hamilton shot dead 16 kids and teacher Gwen Mayor in the school gym.

Amy suffered decades of mental health problems as a result of what she witnessed on March 13, 1996.

But she has now turned her life around thanks to pioneering Integral Eye Movement Therapy.

She and partner Ryan, 33, are now looking forward to raising Hallie in their Lincolnshire home.

Amy was induced last Wednesday, February 24, but was rushed into theatre after complications during the birth.

Hallie was not breathing when she was delivered and had to be revived with oxygen.

Amy said: “Luckily we had the most professional midwife with us.

“I was so happy with the care we received, they deserve such recognition.

“Now she’s doing so well and she’s as strong as an ox.”

Describing the moment she cradled her daughter in a recovery room, Amy added: “That moment was amazing.

“It was unbelievable, it felt like every emotion I had ever experienced all at once.”

She said: “We are both recovering well now and I’m getting over the surgery.

“She’s a really content, happy baby – I think she’s only cried twice.”

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