By Lucy Roberts
Five-time Olympic champion Dame Laura Kenny revealed on social media that she suffered a miscarriage last year and had to have a fallopian tube removed after having an ectopic pregnancy.
Earlier this week she was part of the British team that won silver at the Nations Cup in Glasgow and has chosen now to talk about the trauma she’s recently sustained.
The Olympic gold medallist is grateful to have had her husband, fellow Olympic champion Jason Kenny, and their son Albie by her side to support her through this tough time.
“Since the Olympics we haven’t had much luck and it’s been the hardest few months I’ve ever had to go through,” the 29-year-old explained on Instagram.
“Jason and I fell pregnant immediately after the Games and we were absolutely chuffed to bits, but unfortunately in November when commentating at the track champion league I miscarried our baby at nine weeks. I’ve never felt so lost and sad, it felt like a part of me had been torn away.
“I grabbed for my safety blanket, bike riding! I found myself back in my happy place training again. I then caught Covid in mid-January and found myself feeling really very unwell.
“I didn’t have typical Covid symptoms, and I just felt I needed to go to hospital. A day later I found myself in A&E being rushed to theatre because I was having an ectopic pregnancy. Scared doesn’t even come close. I lose a fallopian tube that day.
“I’ve always known I was tough but sometimes life pushes you to an unbearable limit, if it wasn’t for Jason and Albie getting me through the day to day I’d have been broken – but here I am with the support of my family, friends and team-mates on the podium of a nation’s cup.”
Kenny, formerly Trott, gave birth to her son Albie in August 2017, a year after marrying Jason in a private ceremony.
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