Love Island star Malin Andersson has revealed her one-month-old daughter has passed away after being hospitalised since her premature birth last month.
The reality personality took to Instagram this morning to announce the heartbreaking news. She said her baby, who she shares with boyfriend Tom Kemp, died yesterday.
She wrote: ‘Completely in love with you.. and my Mum just wanted you to be with her. Your time wasn’t ready yet. Mummy loves you. I stayed with you each day…
‘you opened your eyes one last time for me and I saw those beautiful big brown eyes. I’m so sorry I couldn’t do anymore. Go be with grandma Consy. My angel. Rest in peace CONSY GLORIA EMMA ANDERSSON-KEMP 23/12/18-22/01/19.’
Heartbroken: Love Island star Malin Andersson has revealed her one-month-old daughter has passed away after being in intensive care since birth
After sharing the message on Instagram, she then shared the same image on Twitter with the simple message: ‘RIP my angel’, alongside a sad face Emoji.
A host of reality stars responded to her on Twitter, with Love Island series one winner Jess Hayes writing: ‘I’m so sorry for your loss Malin my heart is broken for you I can’t even begin to imagine what your going through sending love and prayers x’.
The Valleys star Lateysha Grace wrote: ‘Malin. My heart is broken for you. I’m so so so sorry. Sending prayers and love to you and your family. Stay strong’, as Nadia Essex penned: ‘Omg darling my heart breaks for you!! I am sending you all the love!!’.
Shocking: The reality personality took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to announce the heartbreaking news as she revealed the baby passed away the day before
Heartache: She had been keeping her followers up to speed with her daughter’s progress
Pain: Malin revealed in a tweet earlier this month that she was yet to hold her beloved daughter, as she wrote: ‘3 weeks and I still haven’t held her.. keep praying for my girl’
She revealed in a tweet earlier this month that she was yet to hold her beloved daughter, as she wrote: ‘3 weeks and I still haven’t held her.. keep praying for my girl’.
Malin, who appeared on series two of the reality show in 2016, gave birth seven weeks early on December 23, breaking the news to her fans on New Year’s Day as she revealed the infant was being cared for at Great Ormond Street hospital.
Admitting the couple are ‘totally in love’ with their daughter, Malin also confirmed their name choice – Consy, after her late mother.
She penned in the accompanying caption in her original announcement: ‘Happy New Year.. Tom and I are so happy to let you all know that our baby girl CONSY arrived in this world 23rd December 2018, seven weeks early…
Sharing her pain: A host of fellow reality stars shared tributes and sent compassionate notes to the heartbroken Love Island star
Heartache: Malin is pictured with Consy’s father Tom Kemp
‘She is so beautiful, we are totally in love with her and feel so blessed that she is here but unfortunately due to complications, she is currently being cared for at Great Ormond Street…
‘we have received a number of messages over the past week and there has been a lot of speculation and so we wanted to share our news with you so you could hear from us first hand.’
Two weeks ago, Malin shared an image of the tot’s hand with a caption reading: ‘All your prayers, messages, healing.. it means the world to us. Baby Consy is still in intensive care, and fighting each day…
Beloved: Consy’s name is a tribute to Malin’s mother with the name, following her sad passing in November 2017. The reality star’s mum battled breast cancer twice since 2001 before the cancer spread for a third time
‘This has been the most difficult time I have ever gone through. I just want to hold her.. It’s different to my mum last year. My mum was ready to go.. my little girl isn’t. She has given me the ultimate purpose in my life and I’m not prepared to let her go.’
Consy’s name is a tribute to Malin’s mother following her sad passing in November 2017. The reality star’s mum battled breast cancer twice since 2001 before the cancer spread for a third time.
Tragically, Malin’s father died from skin cancer after battling the disease twice.
Sharing a moving tribute to her mother at the time, wrote: ‘2am last night Heaven took you.. You didn’t deserve the pain you were in, cancer 3 times.. It wasn’t fair on you. I watched you take your final breath…
Agony: Sharing a moving tribute to her mother at the time, wrote: ‘2am last night Heaven took you.. You didn’t deserve the pain you were in, cancer 3 times.. It wasn’t fair on you. I watched you take your final breath’
‘I stayed with you right until the very end and you looked so peaceful. You’re with Dad now.. just know I love you unconditionally. RIP.’
Fans soon flooded her post announcing Consy’s passing, users penned: ‘Heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss…
‘Xx RIP with Grandma Consy xx… im sorry to hear your devastating news, i cant imagine what your going through right now. sending my thoughts to you and your partner, rest in perfect peace precious girl…
‘I am so sorry ‘love to you and your family xx… So so so sorry to hear that Sending my love and prayers your way. Rest In Paradise Baby Consy… So sorry for your loss..can’t even imagine what you are going thru right now!! Sending lots of love…
Heartache: Malin documented her mother’s painful cancer battle and subsequent passing on social media, and even chopped off her hair in solidarity of her battle
WHAT IS A PREMATURE BIRTH, AND WHAT ARE THE RISKS TO BABIES?
Around 10 per cent of all pregnancies worldwide result in premature labour – defined as a delivery before 37 weeks.
When this happens, not all of the baby’s organs, including the heart and lungs, will have developed. They can also be underweight and smaller.
Tommy’s, a charity in the UK, says this can mean preemies ‘are not ready for life outside the womb’.
Premature birth is the largest cause of neonatal mortality in the US and the UK, according to figures.
Babies born early account for around 1,500 deaths each year in the UK. In the US, premature birth and its complications account for 17 per cent of infant deaths.
Babies born prematurely are often whisked away to neonatal intensive care units, where they are looked after around-the-clock.
What are the chances of survival?
- Less than 22 weeks is close to zero chance of survival
- 22 weeks is around 10%
- 24 weeks is around 60%
- 27 weeks is around 89%
- 31 weeks is around 95%
- 34 weeks is equivalent to a baby born at full term
‘I’m sooo sorry for your loss. She’s such an angel thinking of u… Rest in peace she will be watching over u everyday xx… I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine how you must be feeling. Life can be so cruel… My heart is broken for u’.
Malin has been a staunch campaigner for mental health awareness and uses her Twitter account to discuss grief and urge others to do the same.
In June last year, Malin’s Love Island co-star Sophie Gradon was found dead in her home, after which then-pregnant Malin took to Twitter to honour her while also discussing mental health awareness and the post-show assistance given to stars.
Following the announcement of Sophie’s death, social media was swarmed with messages raising awareness for mental health issues – leading to Malin’s observation about the impact of appearing on a reality show.
Heartbreak: Fans soon flooded her post with support, as users penned: ‘Heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss’
Following the news, a spokesman for ITV said: ‘The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.’
After remaining relatively removed from the spotlight, Sophie candidly discussed her mental health issues in September 2017, when she told her Twitter followers: ‘Hi guys, no not dead just battling a little bit of depression. I’ll come back I promise x’.
After her death, Malin voiced concern over the aftercare provided to the stars of the show as she mentioned the impact of reality TV on mental health.
In the midst of a string of Twitter messages, Malin beseeched bosses to pull the latest episode from schedules, as she honoured her friend by penning: NOT ENOUGH AFTERCARE TONIGHT SHOULD NOT AIR’.
Further heartache: In June last year, Malin’s Love Island co-star Sophie Gradon was found dead in her home, after which then-pregnant Malin took to Twitter to honour her while also discussing mental health awareness and the post-show assistance given to stars
Malin posted an image of the pair together with the added caption: ‘My beautiful girl. Rest in Heaven now. Nothing has sunk in, and I have no words to say I’m speechless.
‘I met you on Love Island and you brought such laughter into my life, up until now. Your smile is one of a kind and you have always been a beautiful soul inside and out. All I know is that you’re an Angel up there and in a better place.
‘This world is cruel. MENTAL HEALTH IS SERIOUS. TROLLING IS SERIOUS, DEPRESSION IS SERIOUS. THINK WHAT YOU SAY BEFORE YOU SAY IT. YOU DONT KNOW WHAT ANYONE IS BATTLING.’
For support with child bereavement, contact The Lullaby Trust charity on 0808 802 6868, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For support with premature birth, contact Little Miracles charity on 01733 262226