Yorkshire news DIY SOS mum had to turn off daughter and husband's life support machines PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Caroline Blanchard lost both her daughter and her husband, within years of each other.

Yorkshire news DIY SOS mum had to turn off daughter and husband's life support machines PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Caroline Blanchard lost both her daughter and her husband, within years of each other.

Yorkshire news  DIY SOS mum had to turn off daughter and husband's life support machines PremierLeague-News.Com
21 June 2022 - 20:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tonight's episode of DIY SOS is set to be an emotional one, as a single mum from Scunthorpe relives an unimaginable tragedy. Caroline Blanchard lost both her seven-year-old daughter and her husband within years of each other, continuing to live in the house that holds such painful memories. Caroline's nightmare began in 2007, when her daughter, Natasha, banged her head while playing in the garage of their family home. The seven-year-old had been playing on a mini motorbike and had banged her head on a cupboard, just as her dad, Paul, had gone inside to fetch a helmet. At first, it seemed nothing more than an innocent bump on the head. The little girl had told Paul: "it's okay, daddy", but this was, tragically, not the case. Read more: Helen Skelton in milestone post with children for first time since public split with Richie Myle r When her condition began to rapidly deteriorate, Caroline and Paul rushed their daughter to hospital. Neither could be prepared for the news that followed, the Mirror reports. Caroline said: "I just remember the surgeon coming in and telling me she was bleeding that badly she couldn't stop it." Doctors then told the couple that they would need to take their beloved little girl off of life support, as there was nothing that could be done. Natasha was just seven years old when she died. (Image: DIY SOS) Natasha died in hospital just two days after the horror accident. The circumstances surrounding Natasha's death left Paul burdened with guilt and, unable to fully come to terms with what had happened, the heartbroken dad - an avid motorbike fan - crushed every single bike that he owned. At home, Paul would sit in the garage for hours trying to come to terms with what had happened. Even the birth of his new daughter, Paige Hope, was not enough to restore the "sparkle" in Paul's eye. Paige's name had been chosen by Caroline and Paul's son, Reece, hoping that the birth would signify a "new chapter" in the family's lives. But the couple were still battling their grief and Caroline said that, though Paul adored all of his children, he "lost the sparkle" from his eye. Over the years, Paul was in and out of hospital 22 times as he battled with his health. Doctors were convinced that his pains were the result of grief and anxiety associated with the loss of Natasha, but in 2016 tragedy struck. Read More Related Articles Sebastian Kalinowski's mum 'wanted to make son suffer' as footage of punishing exercise drills shown to murder trial jurors Read More Related Articles Ninety Ukrainians fleeing war welcomed in Calderdale, council confirms Paul had been complaining of chest pains for a couple of days and he suffered a cardiac arrest at home, in front of Caroline and Paige. Caroline said: "He would suffer with chest pains and palpitations, they kept saying it was stress and anxiety from the loss of Natasha. "We were just sat in the conservatory and he just made this horrendous noise. I looked at him and said 'Paul are you alright?' and he stood up but he had his arms in the chair, he took the whole chair with him, and just fell clean to the floor and started convulsing." Reece and his dad, Paul. (Image: DIY SOS) This marked the second nightmare for Caroline who, after 10 days, was forced to make that same decision that she had made years ago with her daughter: whether to turn off a life support machine. This time, it was her husband's. Unsurprisingly, the death of her daughter and husband left Caroline battling with her mental health and suffering from panic attacks. But, because Paul did not have life insurance, Caroline had no choice but to continue working so as to support her children. She had decided to donate both Natasha and Paul's organs, to save the lives of others. But Caroline's life, and those of her children, was forever changed. And to compound her grief, Caroline was left with constant reminders of the double-tragedy that had struck her family. The family home, which should have been a place of solace, was where she had lost both her daughter and her husband.

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. And this is where the DIY SOS team came in, ready to help a grieving family love their home once again. In a heartbreaking chat with presenter Nick Knowles, Caroline's son, Reece, said: "I just wish I could see my dad again. That would be amazing if I could." Reece tells Nick Knowles that he just wants to see his dad again. (Image: DIY SOS) Help was on hand as the DIY SOS team, award-winning garden designer Arit Anderson and a band of volunteers descended on Scunthorpe. They wanted to give the Blanchards a chance to move forward, while still remembering their loved ones, so decided to demolish the garage and conservatory - the two sites where tragedy struck. Before the renovation, a friend close to the project told Grimsby Live : "Caroline, Reece and Paige are grieving and trying to re-build their lives without their father, husband and sister. But there are two huge obstacles to their mental health; the daily visual reminders of the garage and the conservatory, where their two loved ones died. "Caroline and Reece are going through grief counselling but back at home they’re constantly re-living the traumas, as the garage is a monument in the middle of the back garden to Natasha’s death and is where Paul lost himself to his grief. "He would sit in there for hours trying to come to terms with what happened. The conservatory has never been used since that traumatic day, the doors are kept shut. "Reece has lost his Dad – it’s been tough. He’s talking to his friends, to help release his anger, hurt and loss. Both Caroline and Reece don’t want to leave their home and turn their back on the good memories. It’s close to family support and the kid’s schools but Caroline has reached an emotional impasse." Back in April 2020, the DIY SOS team gave themselves just five days to redesign the house to give Caroline, Reece and Paige a fresh start. And, though the team are no strangers to emotional backstories, the motivation behind this build left even veteran DIY SOS members in tears. Nick said: "Today a community come together to help a family in desperate need. It's a story of loss, of crippling grief and of a community who battle the elements to support a devastated family. "It's going to be an emotional journey for us all. But by wiping away the painful memories we're building to give a grieving family the chance to start to move forward." More than 300 volunteers arrived to help complete the project and almost all of the building materials were donated by local tradespeople and suppliers. "To see so many incredible volunteers come out and support a local family is truly heart-warming, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every last one of them," said Paolo Proto, Executive Producer for DIY SOS: The Big Build "The community of volunteers and trades has changed the lives of Caroline and her family and left a legacy that will continue long after the TV programme is forgotten. It’s amazing what can be done when people help each other." The build would have cost more than £75,000 without the generosity of the volunteers - and viewers will get to see the Blanchard family's reaction on tonight's show. Addressing everyone who had taken part, Nick said: "We weren't sure ourselves whether we could do this as a five-day build. But it's pretty amazing what you've achieved. Remember that you've made the change, not us." Nick has even found out how the family have been getting on since the big build was completed. When asked by Nick on Twitter how they were enjoying their renovated home, Caroline tweeted back: "It's amazing, absolutely love every inch of the whole place, so overwhelming what everyone has done for us, able to come downstairs and enjoy a coffee in the sunshine is priceless." Read more: Helen Skelton warned women not to date sports stars in blog five years before heartbreaking split Easyjet crews in Spain to stage nine day strike during height of summer holiday season Joe Lycett reported to police at gig by audience member offended by a joke Read More Related Articles Family's plea for inquest denied after Blackpool mum stabbed to death Read More Related Articles 'You must not come back' Dame Deborah James says final farewell to brother Ben

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