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Blind cord campaigner Amanda O'Halloran from Gloucestershire expecting new baby joy

By EchoJoe  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

Amanda and Chris with little Sophia

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Sometimes it’s hard not to feel that fate is at work.

Certainly, that is what Amanda O’Halloran thinks following the most traumatic period of her life.

The 22-year-old, from Tirley in Gloucestershire, was left in the depths of despair when her 17-month-old daughter Sophia died after accidentally strangling herself on a window blind cord.

The tot had been playing in the living room of her home when the tragedy took place.

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Amanda was left so heartbroken she admits she nearly took her own life.

But now, the hotel receptionist and her partner Chris Parslow are expecting another baby in May.

Announcing news of the imminent arrival via Facebook, she admitted it had led to bittersweet feelings.

“Both myself and Christopher are pleased to announce that we are expecting another little girl,” she said.

“I have seven weeks left until my due date and I am so nervous.

“It came as a bit of a shock as last year I hit rock bottom and just couldn't go on. I stupidly tried to take my own life and if it wasn't for Chris getting me medical help when he did I would be dead now.

“A few weeks after that incident I discovered I was pregnant. I don’t usually believe in fate but I couldn’t help but wonder if this was the reason I am still here.”

After Sophia’s death, Amanda bravely spoke out about her ordeal in a bid to warn parents about the dangers of looped blind cords.

She and Chris launched a campaign called Sophia’s Cause, calling for an outright ban on the design of blinds in a bid to prevent further tragedies, attracting more than 5,000 signatures in support.

But Amanda said after the trauma she had been through, news of the pregnancy felt like Sophia was smiling down, providing a ray of sunshine.

She added: “I instantly thought to myself that this pregnancy wasn’t planned by me or Chris, but our little girl Sophia planned this for us. She gave mummy and daddy the most amazing gift.

“We cannot wait to welcome our little girl. We just wish her big sister was here to share the happiness. We know Sophia would have been the best big sister ever.”

Amanda has been heartened by the support she has received from friends.

Some 600 people “liked” the news on Facebook.

Despite being busy preparing for her new arrival, Amanda has vowed to continue campaigning for Sophia’s Cause. To sign her petition go to epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55067

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  • Peter_Parker  |  March 29 2014, 5:53PM


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  • iwantpeace  |  March 27 2014, 9:51PM

    Can't imagine what you have been through, terrible for you both. The very best of luck to you and your new little baby when she arrives.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  March 27 2014, 9:24PM

    Are how nice good luck to them and they're new baby.

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  • Manda_oh  |  March 27 2014, 7:35PM

    Peter_Parker you are scum.

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