By Claire Gordon • 04 February 2022 • 11:47
Britain’s Octomum who lost all eight of her babies has died of cancer aged 56. Mandy Allwood hit the headlines when she announced she was expecting octuplets 26 years ago. Tragically at 24 weeks, Mandy went into labour that lasted three days, giving birth to six boys and two girls, but none of the babies survived.
Mandy did go on to have three children but the toll of losing her other babies was something she never recovered from. She said she had phantom pregnancies and could still feel the babies kicking inside her. She and her husband Paul Hudson split through the trauma.
In November 2007, Mandy Allwood was arrested for drink-driving with her three children in the car with her. She lost custody of them and then also became estranged from her family. According to sources, she will be cremated today, 4 February, with no mourners present. Her close family will not be in attendance.
Mandy’s friend, Mark Beard, 58, told The Sun: “She had been struggling with cancer for a while and had an operation before Christmas but told us recently that it had come back. I don’t know what sort of cancer it was.”
Mark, who is the landlord of the Yard of Ale pub in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, said Mandy would pop in two times a week. He said: “She blended in really well and was always up for a chat, She was a bit eccentric and nutty but that’s why we loved her.”
Mark said about a dozen of Mandy’s pals were raising a glass for her tonight. Mandy Allwood named her lost octuplets, Kypros, Adam, Martyn, Cassius, Nelson, Donald, Kitali and Layne, and they were all laid to rest in tiny white coffins.
In 2015, she told The Sun: “Ever since I gave birth I have felt them kicking and moving every day. The feeling comes especially under my breastbone, it is like a sharp stabbing pain. I can feel it now as I’m talking.”
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