A Leighton dad has been nominated for a national charity award by his grateful wife, who says she doesn’t know how she would have coped without his support following three miscarriages.
James Low, 33, of Dudley Street is in the running for an Asda Courage Award in the annual Tommy Awards. The charity funds research into the prevention of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage and its citations recognise individuals who make a difference to families whose lives have been touched by any of these tragedies.
James’s wife Rachael, 30, said: “I don’t know what I would have done without him.
“He always made me believe that one day we would have the family we dreamed of.”
And in September 2013, that dream came true with the arrival of baby Amelie.
But even that was fraught with anxiety – she was born two weeks premature and spent a week in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Rachael recalled: “It was so wonderful to have her in our arms after all we’d been through, then she was taken away from us. She was so tiny and it was so traumatic at the time, but you’d never believe it looking at her now.
“She’s very happy and so adventurous – she’s not afraid of anything.”
The Lows married three years ago after meeting at work. Rachael is an analyst and James is in security.
Six weeks into her first pregnancy she was rushed to hospital. She’d been expecting twins but one was ectopic. She needed emergency surgery after her right tube ruptured and sadly lost the other twin a week later.
Shortly afterwards, in a heartbreaking coincidence, James’s sister had stillborn twins.
Rachael had another ectopic pregnancy before Amelie’s birth.
She said: “At times the outlook seemed so bleak. But if I had a bad day, James was very patient and gave me lots of cuddles. He was intent on looking forward, not back.
“He was so sure and confident, he was strong and brave for both of us. And I know with him by my side I can face anything.”
Tommy’s chief executive Jane Brewin said: “James and Rachael have faced their losses by supporting each other.
“James has been incredibly caring and done absolutely everything he could to help Rachael.
“We are delighted to shortlist him for the Asda Courage Award.”
> The winners will be announced in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel on March 20.