Parents run Great North Run for Tommy's after suffering tragic stillbirth

Lynsey and Mark Bell’s baby Rory was born sleeping after she suffered severe pre-eclampsia.

Lynsey with baby Rory.

In 2014 Lynsey and Mark Bell’s son Rory was stillborn at over 32 weeks after Lynsey developed severe pre-eclampsia.

Having suffered with the pre-eclampsia in her previous three pregnancies, Lyndsey was classed as high risk and given regular urine tests and blood pressure checks. Tragically, however, baby Rory was stillborn after Lynsey’s condition worsened and caused her placenta to detach from her womb. Her pre-eclampsia was so severe that Lynsey's own life was put at risk.

Following their experience of stillbirth, Lynsey and her husband Mark went on to raise nearly £3000 for Tommy’s in the 2015 Great North Run.

Lynsey and Mark wanted to:

‘Raise funds needed to research stillbirth for Tommy’s, the baby charity because we don’t want another family suffering like us.’

We want to thank Lynsey and Mark for supporting  Tommy’s and for helping  to raise awareness around stillbirth. They have shared their heart-breaking story and touching photographs of them with baby Rory with The Mirror.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition which affects 2-8 percent of pregnancies and is a combination of raised blood pressure and the presence of protein in your urine. If left untreated, this condition can be dangerous to both mother and baby.

If you are concerned about being at risk of pre-eclampsia you can read more about the condition here or speak to a Tommy’s midwife on our free PregnancyLine 0800 0147 800.

You can read the whole of Lynsey, Mark and baby Rory’s story here.

Read more about pre-eclampsia here.

Read about our research into stillbirth here.

Read more about our research into stillbirth

  • The team at the Rainbow Clinic

    The Rainbow Clinic

    The Tommy's Rainbow Clinic is part of the Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester. It provides specialist care for women who have suffered a previous stillbirth or neonatal death.

  • Diagram of baby and placenta in womb

    The Placenta Clinic

    The Placenta Clinic, run as part of the Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, is the largest placenta-focused research group in the world.

  • researcher looking through microscope

    Tommy’s Manchester Research Centre

    Tommy’s research centre at St Mary’s Hospital opened in 2001 and is now home to around 100 clinicians and scientists researching the causes of stillbirth.

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