Duchess Kate offered a tearful embrace after she listened to a woman talk about losing her baby from a heart disorder called restrictive cardiomyopathy. Kate was at a charity event for the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) when she heard the mom share her story.
Kate, whose pregnancy was very apparent at this event as the red Katherine Hooker dress she donned accentuated her growing baby bump, was reduced to tears hearing the story, according to the Express.co.uk on Nov. 25. The story about the loss of the woman’s baby girl appeared to bring Kate to tears, as her eyes teared up hearing another mother’s pain.
Leigh Smith shared how precious those last few days of her baby’s life were for her family while talking to the crowd at this event. Baby Beatrice lived for 89 days and most of the time she was in a hospital.
It was EACH that helped the family spend their infant’s final days in a caring and comforting environment where they could say their good-byes to their baby the way they wanted to.
The charity moved Beatrice to the EACH facility when it was apparent it was just a matter of time for the infant before her little heart would give out. The facility allowed the family to spend her final days out of a hospital setting, giving them a little extra comfort during a time of despair.
Leigh talked about the importance of this agency in front of a group of donors, including Kate, who has been involved with the charity as a patron since 2012. Kate immediately went to find Leigh when she was done with her speech and gave her a big hug.
Kate told Leigh how brave and strong she was and with tears in her eyes offered her sincere condolences to the woman who just shared a very personal story of her dying baby, reports the Irish Mirror today.
Kate said to Leigh, “”You’re a very brave lady and, again, I’m just so, so sorry,” while she embraced her in a hug. After Leigh’s speech “Kate made a beeline to Leigh and comforted her,” reports the Express News. Leigh said, “Kate sought me out and gave me a hug just before she left.”
Kate is in a special place today as a fairly new mom herself to Prince George and she has another baby on the way, so hearing this story of despair coming from another mother seemed to move Kate to tears.
The bereaved mother’s emotional speech along with Kate’s appearance at this event launched a multimillion dollar funding appeal for a new EACH hospice facility.
Leigh had written to Kate a while ago telling her of her daughter’s death and she describe the role that EACH played in keeping the family comfortable and together as they watched their baby take her last breathe of life.
Kate wrote back to Leigh, who is a physiotherapist from Norwich, telling Leigh that it was a honor to hear her story. The two finally met in person during this formal EACH building fund campaign kickoff.