Parents gearing up for run in memory of daughter Poppy

and, inset, their daughter Poppy.
and, inset, their daughter Poppy.

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PARENTS Katrina Roberts and Liam Fry are determined to make sure their daughter Poppy’s memory lives on.

The couple had to say goodbye to their beautiful daughter, who was only two days old, in July this year.

Poppy Fry for Great South Run story. Picture was taken one hour after her birth.

Poppy Fry for Great South Run story. Picture was taken one hour after her birth.

Liam, 27, manager of United Salons in Castle Road, Southsea, said: ‘We had been trying for a baby and when Katrina became pregnant we were over the moon.

‘It was a perfect pregnancy and there were no complications.

‘Poppy was born on July 21 and Katrina gave birth to her at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

‘The midwives were amazing and looked after everyone really well.’

Poppy Fry was born weighing 7lbs and 7oz and initially seemed healthy.

But things took a turn for the worse when she would not keep her milk down.

Tests revealed her intestines had grown back to front and had become twisted.

The tot was taken to Southampton General Hospital for further tests that showed her intestines were so twisted there was nothing they could do.

Katrina, 26, an assistant buyer, said: ‘Medical staff explained what had happened and that she wasn’t going to make it. She survived the operation where they checked her and after that we had three hours to say goodbye.’

After the couple went home they discovered the charity Sands, which helps families of stillborn babies or neonatal deaths.

Katrina added: ‘We’re lucky we’re strong as a couple and have an extremely supportive family around us, so we didn’t need to use support from Sands. But I read a lot of stories where other people don’t have it like we do.

‘We want to do something positive in Poppy’s memory.

‘Losing a child is a taboo subject to talk about and we don’t want it to be like that.’

Katrina and Liam, of Trevor Road, Southsea, are taking part in the 10-mile Great South Run on October 28.

Liam said: ‘We don’t know why it happened, but it did. But we want something positive to come from it. We want to raise money for Sands because they do so much for families who don’t have the support we do.’

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