A "loving" mum-of-four was tragically killed in a car crash after spending months at her desperately-ill baby son's hospital bedside.
Gemma Gregory, 32, died alongside Drew Pedley, 22, when the car they were travelling in hit a tree in the early hours of Sunday, September 27, on the A34 Congelton Road in Marton, Cheshire.
She leaves behind little son AJ, born with a type-one spinal muscular atrophy, and three daughters.
The brave mum's loved ones described her as a "special daughter who was taken too soon" following the tragic crash.
Ms Gregory spent eight months in hospital with her youngest child AJ, now three, before giving him round-the-clock treatment at home in Congleton.
This was all done while still also caring for AJ's three big sisters.
Ms Gregory previously told StokeonTrentLive about the challenges she faced looking after her son.
The toddler has type-one spinal muscular atrophy which causes progressive weakness in all muscles and means breathing and swallowing is difficult.
It means he needs specialist medical equipment at all times including oxygen, a monitor, feeding pump and suction machine.
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She shared her story to thank the Newlife charity which provided AJ with a £6,000 specially-adapted buggy.
This allowed the family to go on walks to Astbury Mere or just to the shops together.
In a heartfelt interview with the news outlet, she said: "We couldn't take AJ out before but now we're able to go out every day and have been everywhere. Without it we were stuck. The pram has meant he could come home."
Now her friends are hoping to give Ms Gregory the 'send-off she deserves' after launching a Go Fund Me appeal.
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Her pal Tanya Fletcher said: "Gemma leaves behind three daughters and her three-year-old little boy AJ who has type one a rare genetic disorder. She spent her life caring for him 24 hours a day.
"The family want to give her the send off she deserves.
"It's currently the last thing on their minds having to bury their child. It's every parents' worst nightmare."
Ms Gregory and Drew were both pronounced dead at the scene after the car they were in smashed into a tree.
Cheshire Police are continuing their investigations into the collision.
In a statement, Ms Gregory's family said: "Gemma was a special daughter who was taken too soon, she was a loving mother, sister and will be sadly missed by the whole family. Rest in peace."
And Ms Pedley's parents added: “Drew was a Loving son to Suzanne Lawton and Andrew Whitehurst, brother to Dan and Dex and devoted partner to Chloe. He will be sadly missed by all.”
To support the fund-raising appeal in memory of Ms Gregory, click here.
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