It’s the news no parent ever wants to hear, that your child only has hours to live. That’s exactly what happened to former Olympian Lisa Curry, who lost her daughter to an undisclosed long-term illness last year.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Lisa shared the heartbreaking moment she learned her daughter Jaimi Kenny had just hours to live. Jaimi, who was the eldest daughter of Lisa and former Ironman Grant Kenny, passed away aged 33 on September 14, 2020.
Lisa wrote: “4 months ago, the doctor gave us the news we had dreaded for years, that Jaimi would not survive the night.
“It was like they just ripped our hearts out. Total disbelief … and even though we had prepared ourselves for the worst for weeks, months and even years and thought we were prepared … nothing … absolutely nothing prepares you for that moment or those words. Our beautiful girl couldn’t beat the enemy … but she fought and fought … every single day. We miss her so much.”
The 58-year-old encouraged anyone who was “finding life difficult” to seek help. “Don’t wait and don’t try and do it alone … remember you are loved and there is hope.”
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Since Jaimi’s death, Lisa has been working to keep her memory alive, and just last month the former swimmer shared the sweet way in which she is paying tribute to her late daughter. At the time, Lisa told her 96,000 followers that she had decided to build a flower garden for Jaimi.
“Jaimi loved her flowers,” she wrote alongside a picture of herself smiling while planting flowers. “It has four garden beds around it, one for each season … so there’ll always be flowers. My talented hubby is great with a hammer @mark66andrew. Thank you.”
Fans of Lisa’s loved the tribute, with one writing at the time, “What a beautiful idea.” Another commented: “A beautiful tribute to [Jaimi].” While another said: “Every season you will have a warming smile for your blooms.”
It’s not the first time the sporting icon has opened up about the grief she’s feeling following Jaimi’s tragic death. Lisa took to Instagram in early November and revealed how she’s coping with the loss, admitting she’s “feeling empty” and can’t help but wonder whether there was anything more she could have done to help her first-born child.