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Jessica Huchko  is turning tragedy into triumph after she caused a major store chain to improve their policies. (WFSB) Jessica Huchko is turning tragedy into triumph after she caused a major store chain to improve their policies. (WFSB)
WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

In the middle of pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, one mother is turning tragedy into triumph.

A Connecticut mother is turning tragedy into triumph after she caused a major store chain to improve their policies.

Channel 3 first covered Jessica Huchko's story back in August.

The mother had described her humiliating experience at a Babies R Us, where she had tried to return items she received for her baby.

Huchko learned after her delivery that her son, Dominic, had died and was a stillborn.

When she tried to return the gifts, she was interrogated by workers at the store about why they were being returned.

"A tear just rolled down my face and I had to just say, 'my son passed away and I can't use them,'" said Huchko.

On top of that, employees struggled to find the items in their system.

"She turned around and said, 'it's coming up as two cents.' I said, 'so you're offering me two cents for a double stroller'?

Since the incident, Babies R Us has promised to change their training policies and Huchko has received $300 in store credit.

Huchko is now trying to commemorate her son, whose due date was October 7th.

With her store credit, Huchko purchased items that she then donated to St. Mary's Maternity Ward.

"I purchased little clay molds, picture frames and stuff, because that's all you have," said Huchko.

Although Jessica has a 15 year-old daughter, the loss of her son has changed her.

She is now trying to spread awareness of stillbirths.

"One in four women have a miscarriage. That's a huge number and nobody talks about it," said Huchko.

Huchko said she has since joined a support group for grieving mothers and encouraged parents who have recently lost children to do the same.

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