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Lisa Curry reveals what really happened the day that her daughter died

Lisa Curry has broken her silence on the final night of her daughter Jaimi’s life. 

In an extract from her new biography, Lisa: A memoir – 60 years of life, love & loss, as published by The Daily Telegraph, the former athlete detailed how Jaimi had called her saying she was vomiting blood. 

An ambulance was called, and the 59-year-old and her former husband, Grant Kenny, rushed to her side as she was admitted to hospital. 

Awful: In an extract from her new biography, Lisa: A memoir – 60 years of life, love & loss, as published by The Daily Telegraph, Lisa Curry detailed the hours before her daughter Jaimi’s death. Lisa and Jaimi are pictured 

At first, Jaimi’s parents were told she was stable and under sedation – and seeing as she had episodes of vomiting blood in the past, they hoped for the best. 

However, 40 minutes after they left, the pair were called back, and learned Jaimi had been put on a ventilator, as her condition had become critical.   

‘I ran to her and called softly, “Jaimi, Jaimi, it’s Mum. Open your eyes, baby, open your eyes. Squeeze my hand if you can hear me.” But there was no response, there was just nothing. I was numb,’ Lisa writes. 

By her side: An ambulance was called, and Lisa and her former husband, Grant Kenny (right), rushed to her side as she was admitted to hospital. However, 40 minutes after they left, the pair were called back, and learned Jaimi had been put on a ventilator, as her condition had become critical

By her side: An ambulance was called, and Lisa and her former husband, Grant Kenny (right), rushed to her side as she was admitted to hospital. However, 40 minutes after they left, the pair were called back, and learned Jaimi had been put on a ventilator, as her condition had become critical

While the pair were at the hospital, Jaimi’s kidneys shut down, and a doctor delivered devastating news. 

‘Jaimi will die tonight,’ he told Lisa, as the grieving mother tried to prepare herself for the worst. 

‘Hearing those words, I was sobbing. “No, no, no, I’m not ready!” Even though we’d known for years this time would come, we didn’t want it to be real,’ she writes. 

'I ran to her and called softly, "Jaimi, Jaimi, it's Mum. Open your eyes, baby, open your eyes. Squeeze my hand if you can hear me." But there was no response, there was just nothing. I was numb,' Lisa wrote

‘I ran to her and called softly, “Jaimi, Jaimi, it’s Mum. Open your eyes, baby, open your eyes. Squeeze my hand if you can hear me.” But there was no response, there was just nothing. I was numb,’ Lisa wrote

Loss: Jaimi's kidneys shut down, and a doctor delivered dire news. 'Jaimi will die tonight' he told Lisa. 'Hearing those words, I was sobbing. "No, no, no, I'm not ready!" Even though we'd known for years this time would come, we didn't want it to be real,' wrote Lisa

Loss: Jaimi’s kidneys shut down, and a doctor delivered dire news. ‘Jaimi will die tonight’ he told Lisa. ‘Hearing those words, I was sobbing. “No, no, no, I’m not ready!” Even though we’d known for years this time would come, we didn’t want it to be real,’ wrote Lisa

Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant, 58, died in September 2020 at age 33, after a lengthy illness.

She passed away at Sunshine Coast University Hospital surrounded by her family, including both her Olympian mother and Ironman father.

She had reportedly been battling alcoholism and an eating disorder for years before her death. 

Awful: Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant Kenny, died in September 2020 at age 33 after a lengthy illness

Awful: Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant Kenny, died in September 2020 at age 33 after a lengthy illness

Jaimi had been supported by her parents and siblings through many years of treatment at private clinic End ED, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. 

Lisa and Grant married in 1984, separated in 2009 and share three children including Jaimi, son Jett, 28, and daughter Morgan, 31.

It comes after the one-time Ironwoman told this week’s issue of Stellar magazine that she had thoughts of self harm after the death of her daughter. 

Difficult: She had reportedly been battling alcoholism and an eating disorder for years before her death

Difficult: She had reportedly been battling alcoholism and an eating disorder for years before her death

‘I would never have done what I thought, I would never have followed through [with] what I was thinking, but they were thoughts, and it surprised me that I would even have thoughts of harming myself,’ she said. 

‘I was just in so much pain and it’s hard for that pain to ever go away. It just never went away. 

‘So I can kind of understand people in Jaimi’s position, or with their own mental health concerns, when they go through this every single day. It must be a terrible way to live’. 

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Pain: It comes after the Ironwoman told this week's issue of Stellar magazine that she had thoughts of self harm after the death of her daughter. 'I was just in so much pain and it's hard for that pain to ever go away. It just never went away,' she said

Pain: It comes after the Ironwoman told this week’s issue of Stellar magazine that she had thoughts of self harm after the death of her daughter. ‘I was just in so much pain and it’s hard for that pain to ever go away. It just never went away,’ she said 

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