Mum who lost son is taking on the Great North Run

Claire Vickery from Spennymoor is taking part in the Great North Run to raise awareness of a rare genetic condition that killed her son

Claire Vickery with her daughter Lucy, aged two
Claire Vickery with her daughter Lucy, aged two

A mum who lost her son to a rare genetic disorder is taking on the Great North Run in his memory.

Claire Vickery gave birth to her first son, Harry, in January 2010 but he died just 20 minutes after an emergency C-section.

The 30-year-old and her husband David, 35, who are both from Spennymoor in County Durham, later discovered Harry had the rare condition Polycystic Kidney Disease.

“After all the tests and scans were positive we didn’t think anything could go wrong,” said Claire, who is training to complete the half marathon in two and a half hours.

“My life was turned upside down when I was rushed to hospital in premature labour. When I was told my child was breech and it would be best if I had an emergency C-section, I didn’t expect what would happen next.

“My baby didn’t cry and after 20 minutes I was told what no mother or father wants to hear – your baby, your little boy, hasn’t made it.

Claire Vickery with her daughter Lucy, aged two
Claire Vickery with her daughter Lucy, aged two

“When you are sitting in a hospital staring at your baby you don’t expect the baby not to cry.”

After the devastating blow, Claire discovered the cause of Harry’s death was PKD and that it could mean her next baby could suffer exactly the same fate.

Mercifully, that was not to be and months later Claire gave birth to her daughter, Lucy, who is now two years old.

Claire said: “When I got Harry’s post mortem results I felt like I was back to square one. I was told he had a genetic condition which meant that I had a one in four chance of it happening again in any future pregnancies, but I now have a healthy, happy two-year-old girl who is my shining light.”

Claire is now taking on the 13.1-mile half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields for the PKD Charity in honour of Harry.

For her, completing the run will not only to raise awareness of the condition but fund research into the condition which killed her son.

“I could raise nothing or I could raise £500 what is more important to me is that I raise awareness of PKD,” she said.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Claire as she takes on the Great North Run challenge should visit her Just Giving page: Claire-Vickery


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