Rebecca Adlington, the esteemed former professional swimmer, has sorrowfully shared the news that she has suffered a miscarriage. The double Olympic gold medallist, hailing from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and her husband, Andy Parsons, were confronted with this devastating revelation during a routine twenty-week scan.
Adlington, who has a 34-year lineage and is the mother of a son and a daughter, had joyously proclaimed her pregnancy on the first of October. However, her joys were short-lived, as revealed in a heartfelt message she shared with her Instagram followers recently.
Caught in the throes of her grief, Adlington penned, “I don’t really have the words right now but unfortunately we went for our 20-week scan this week and they found no heartbeat. I gave birth to our angel, Harper on Friday at 7 pm. We held her and had time with her. We will forever love her and remember her always.”
In the light of her unfortunate announcement, an outpouring of support showered upon Rebecca from various corners. Among those offering their condolences were illustrious track athletes Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford, former hockey star Sam Quek, and television personalities Angellica Bell and Helen Skelton.
The sentiments ranged from Dame Jessica’s “Oh Becky I’m sending you and your family so much love. I’m so sorry xxxx” to Rutherford’s “Sending love to you. So sorry to read this Becky xx.”
This tragedy adds to the grief of a previous miscarriage Adlington had shared with the world back in August 2022. Her son Albie, born to husband Andy Parsons to whom she has been wedded for two years, and her daughter Summer, born during her marriage to Harry Needs, comprise her current family.
The resilience with which Adlington has weathered these personal storms will continue to inspire her fans and followers, casting a hopeful light on a narrative that is, at its core, unbearably heartbreaking.