Katrina and Liam are an inspiration to all of us

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Katrina Roberts and Liam Fry had been trying for a baby and were so excited when they found out that Katrina was pregnant.

There were no complications and when Katrina gave birth to daughter Poppy at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, she was a good weight and initially appeared to be healthy.

She and Liam looked forward to life together as a family.

But cruelly, that dream was taken away from them. Because when Poppy would not keep her milk down, tests revealed her intestines had grown back to front and had become twisted.

It was so bad that they were told there was nothing that doctors could do.

The couple were faced with the heartbreaking news that they were going to lose Poppy after two days.

Today, Katrina tells how they had just three hours to say goodbye.

It is hard, if not impossible, to imagine what it must be like to be told such terrible news and then to have to deal with that kind of loss, never knowing why it happened to them.

But Katrina and Liam are strong as a couple. Their love and mutual support has helped them to cope, along with the invaluable back-up they have received from a close-knit family.

Yet not everybody is in that position.

So the couple, looking to do something in Poppy’s memory, are to take part in the Great South Run later this month.

They want to raise as much money as possible for the charity Sands, which does so much valuable work helping families of stillborn babies or those who suffer neonatal deaths.

We think Katrina and Liam are a real inspiration. In their grief, they are thinking of others and deserve all our support.

Also, they are absolutely right when they say that losing a child should not be a taboo subject to talk about.

In this day and age, we as a society must learn to be more open about discussing painful and difficult subjects.

We wish them well for the run and for their future.