The Duchess of Cambridge had an emotional encounter with a mother whose baby had died.
Kate was visiting Norfolk to help launch an appeal to raise money for the East Anglia Children’s Hospices charity, of which she is patron. She was photographed crying in the back of her car after hearing the heartrending story of Leigh Smith, who lost her baby daughter when she was just 16 weeks old.
Baby Beatrice was born last November and was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, known as restrictive cardiomyopathy, which meant that she needed a new heart to survive. After six agonising weeks, her parents Leigh and Toby decided that it would be kinder to allow their daughter to die. Mrs Smith said: ‘She passed away in my arms very peacefully holding mine and her daddy’s hands.”
EACH helped the parents by having Beatrice’s body rest in one of their hospices close to the family home. The organisation also helped with the arrangements for the child’s funeral.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been a patron of the charity since 2012, and an EACH event that same year saw her making her first public speech. The Duchess is currently pregnant with her second child, who is due to arrive in April.
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