Amanda Holden pays tribute to stillborn son Theo on what would have been his 12th birthday

Amanda Holden has paid tribute to her stillborn baby son Theo 12 years after she said goodbye.

Today, Wednesday 1 February, would have been the presenter's late son's 12th birthday, and she shared a bittersweet tribute to him on her social media in memory.

The 51 year old TV and radio star also posted a capture of his footprints on her Instagram stories.

Amanda opened up on how her lost son remains a part of the family as she captioned the image: "Never be forgotten."

Alongside a candle emoji, the Britain's Got Talent judge added "We love you Theo".

She also tagged the pregnancy and baby loss charity Tommy's in her post.

Amanda, who is married to husband Chris Hughes and shares daughters Alexa, 17, and Hollie, 11, with him, sadly lost her baby boy when she was just seven months pregnant in 2011.

Stillbirth occurs when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks or more of pregnancy. It's called pregnancy loss if a baby dies before 24 weeks.

After attending what she thought was a routine scan, the star learned Theo's heart had stopped on the ultrasound.

The radio host then decided with her husband that she should have a C-section to remove the baby following his death.

While she has worked hard with numerous charities in a bid to raise awareness over the devastating loss for mothers and families, her experience at the time was traumatic.

Amanda admitted she was made to feel like she was in a "game show" as a contestant when one of her doctors told her she would be "going home empty-handed".

On her Heart Breakfast show recently, the presenter spoke to someone who currently uses the Aching Arms charity for baby loss for support.

Amanda opened up on her "awful" experience with Ross Sullivan and shared her hopes for the charity to help people in her same situation.

"I will never forget when I went through something, that I would imagine is very similar to your [experience]," she began. "We lost our baby Theo at 28 weeks, and they very sensitively moved me into another room so I could deliver him without having to hear the lovely babies screaming on a normal ward.

"Often that's not thought about, it's little things like that. I remember the lady afterwards as well when we went for a chat also said 'I know you're going home empty handed' is what she said to me.

"So I felt like some sort of game show contestant, so it's all of that language that I know this charity will be helping people to avoid and educate them on how best to deal with something so awful. It's just awful," she added.

Amanda raised money for the charity in 2022, during her 3 Peaks Challenge.

For help with related issues, contact Tommy's, a miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth charity, at [email protected] or call 0800 0147 800


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