We’ll never for­get them

Three brave cou­ples share their ex­pe­ri­ences of still­birth…

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The UK has one of the worst rates of still­birth in the de­vel­oped world, and to high­light the hid­den cri­sis, three ex­tra­or­di­nary cou­ples have al­lowed cam­eras to fol­low them dur­ing one of the most heart-wrench­ing pe­ri­ods of their en­tire lives.

As Vicki and Bruce ar­rive at Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal, Cam­bridge, for a check-up, they are given the heart­break­ing news that their baby Ruby’s heart has stopped at just 26 weeks.

Dev­as­tat­ing

‘It never in a mil­lion years oc­curred to me that some­thing bad would hap­pen,’ says Vicki. ‘It feels so sur­real we won’t take our lit­tle girl home.’

Cam­eras fol­low the pair as they say good­bye to Ruby, right through to her fu­neral and the im­pact of her loss – they split up in the weeks that fol­low.

‘The rest of the world keeps on turn­ing, but my world has stopped,’ says Vicki. ‘We’d planned our life­time with Ruby – I phys­i­cally ache for her.’

‘I couldn’t deal with it,’ ad­mits Bruce. ‘I had to be on my own.’

Hope and fear

Mean­while, mum Kezia is filmed as she pre­pares to give birth to her son, Joshua, and his twin sis­ter, Grace, who died in the womb at 25 weeks.

We also meet Fiona and Niall, who are anx­iously ex­pect­ing their sec­ond baby af­ter their daugh­ter, Matilda, was still­born at 41 weeks last year.

With scans sug­gest­ing that Fiona’s pla­centa is fail­ing, she has an early C-sec­tion – a year to the day af­ter Matilda’s birth. Will it be the out­come they both long for?

‘Ev­ery mo­ment of this is go­ing to re­mind us of what we didn’t have with Matilda,’ says Fiona.

‘In my heart of hearts I just think, “This can’t hap­pen to us again”.’

Bro­ken-hearted… Bruce and Vicki losttheir baby Ruby

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