March boy Connor Fyson makes news headlines in a Swiss newspaper after a balloon he released in memory of his baby sister travelled 720 miles to land in a field near Zurich
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A family who released three pink balloons outside their home in March in memory of their daughter Olivia have hit the headlines in a top selling European newspaper.
The story of how Olivia’s six-year-old brother Connor Fyson’s balloon travelled over 720 miles to land in a tiny Swiss village was featured in this paper last week.
The article was picked up by Blick - Switzerland’s biggest daily paper after an appeal was posted by social media by reporter Kath Sansom to try to trace the Swiss couple who returned the balloon to Connor.
Ass a result Connor’s picture together with the burst balloon which was recovered and returned by Ursina Baltensperger and her husband Robert from a meadow in Brutten - 15 minutes from Zurich - was featured in Blick on Friday.
Connor and his parents Emma Saunders and Steve Fyson released the balloons in memory of Olivia who was stillborn at 22 weeks and five days on February 9.
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The three pink balloons were released on Thursday March 9 and a card with the original pink label was returned to the family on Thursday March 30 - three weeks later - from Ursina and Robert.
Ursina told Blick how surprised she was to find the balloon and how moved she was by the story behind it. She was also surprised that her reply to Connor and his family had made the local newspaper.
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She said: “I liked the idea with the balloon a lot. I was suprised that my letter reached that impact/big waves in the UK.”
She also said she would be happy to hear Connor and his family again.
Emma said they were amazed the Swiss newspaper had followed up on the story and are looking forward to receiving a copy featuring Connor as a keepsake.