‘Her fight paid off’: Husband’s heartbreaking tribute to mother-of-two who mysteriously died in bushland – as he reveals her brave pregnancy battle
- The family of Felicity Shadbolt, 36, has said she ‘died doing something she loved’
- The mother-of-two failed to return home from run at Mount Nameless on Sunday
- Her body was found on Wednesday in Western Australia’s Pilbara region
- During her pregnancy she was advised to abort one baby to save the other
The husband of a woman who died after going for a run in remote bush land has paid tribute to his late wife and spoken out about her brave pregnancy battle.
Mother-of-two Felicity ‘Flik’ Shadbolt, 36, was reported missing after failing to return home from a run at Mount Nameless, in Western Australia, on Sunday.
Her body was found in shrub nearby three days later.
Ms Shadbolt’s husband Drew revealed in a statement yesterday that the loving mother had been advised to abort one of her twin daughters to give the other a better chance of survival.
‘That was not an option for Flik. She was determined she would walk out of hospital with two babies, not one, and her fight paid off,’ Mr Shadbolt said.
Felicity Shadbolt (pictured right with her twin girls Macie and Harper) disappeared on Sunday after going for a run in the bush near her home. Her husband Drew (left) said she enjoyed the outdoors and ‘died doing something she loved’
The couple had a difficult pregnancy but refused to give up and the unborn child hung on for four weeks as they fought to give her a chance to live – and they both survived
The twins (pictured) were born 10 weeks early in 2011, four weeks after doctors predicted one of them was too small to make it
Ms Shadbolt leaves behind her husband Drew and their two twin daughters after they moved to Tom Price in Western Australia’s Pilbara region three years ago
Ms Shadbolt was remembered as a dedicated mother who ‘lived her life for her girls’.
‘When her girls were born, she would put them in their pram and run with them,’ the family said in a statement on Friday.
‘She has a love for life, love for the outdoors and she died doing something she loved. She ran until the very end.’
Her husband Drew said his wife had been fit since she was a teenager and had competed in Spartan events.
The family described Ms Shadbolt as ‘tenacious, stubborn and focused’ and also a best friend to her seven-year-old twins Macie and Harper.
The family described Ms Shadbolt (right) as ‘tenacious, stubborn and focused’ and also a best friend to her seven-year-old twins Macie and Harper
About 35 people had been involved in a ground search including police, SES and members of the local community
Ms Shadbolt with her two daughters at the beach in Exmouth at Christmas where they holidayed with close friends
‘She talked of living in a big house so her girls could stay with her forever so they could always be together,’ Mr Shadbolt said.
Family members – some of whom travelled to Tom Price from Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania – thanked everyone who helped search for Ms Shadbolt and the community for their support.
They said she would be remembered for her beautiful smile, immaculate appearance, desire to stay young and the smell of her favourite perfume.
Family and friends will need to wait for the results of an autopsy to determine what caused her death.
Ms Shadbolt’s body was found in bushland four days after she went missing in a remote part of northern Western Australia
Ms Shadbolt, 36, failed to return from a walk on Mount Nameless in the Pilbara outback, Western Australia