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Mum recalls the moment she lost her precious baby boy Leo after his pram rolled into a river.

Adelaide mum, Kerry Lucas, had taken her sleeping five-month-old baby boy for a jog by the River Torrens in his stroller when she was momentarily distracted by her phone.

In that split second the pram silently slipped into the water and Leo drowned.

Blaming herself, devastated Kerry was overcome by self-hatred. She lost the will to live.

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‘I was supposed to be protecting my son,’ the 41-year- old tells New Idea. ‘I couldn’t face getting out of bed. I completely shut down. I had nothing to live for.’

Four months after the tragedy in December 2006 Kerry discovered she was pregnant.

‘It made me feel hope there was a future with joy in it at some point,’ she says. ‘But 
I was very up and down. There were still very many dark hours.’ However, knowing there was an innocent life growing inside her, Kerry reached a turning point.

‘You can’t just shut down. You have to
 get started again. Your heart has to start beating, you have to move on. You’re exhausted some days but you have to keep going.’

‘The glimmer of hope was above me all the time,’ she says. ‘The wheels slowly started turning.’

Sadly she pushed her husband, Wes Legrand, 38, away and their relationship continued to spiral.

‘Parents grieve indefinitely, but they also grieve very differently. In the moment, you don’t see that. You just resent this person because they are not making this pain go away. I resented Wes because he couldn’t fix it,’ Kerry explains.

‘During the pregnancy, we separated and I moved in with my mum. He needed time alone to grieve.

‘My mum shared my grief and my pain, and she was there on the hardest days. She saw me at my worst and still loved me.’

‘Holding Angelina, I felt vulnerable. Did I deserve this?’

Kerry describes her daughter as her ‘saving grace’.

‘Angelina gave me new breath again. I felt like I was drowning.’

Full story in this week’s New Idea

I can vaguely remember this heartbreaking story. It always haunted me and made me hold on extra tight whenever I had my son in his pram. It is such a sad tragedy for any family.

Are you overly cautious when using the pram?

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  • my gosh! so sad! use the straps for this reason. it’s added safety

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  • I always had a hand on the stroller. I never brought myself to trust the brake even on the flat supermarket floor I would never let go and if I did I found myself heading for panic. I finally got rid of the stroller and carried my next two bubs everywhere.

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  • The safety strap on some prams/strollers is fairly long. It wouldn’t be hard for your hand to slip out of some straps if you let go of the pram/stroller handle. I always wind it around my hand. The brake actually broke on one stroller we had.

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  • Such a sad story and and outcome for their marriage. Must admit that I never let go of the pram when my baby/toddler was in it – always had a fear of something happening.

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  • I feel sorry for this lady but I feel even sorrier for her husband Wes. I hope he’s okay.

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  • Such a sad tragedy indeed ! I can imagine that the birth of Angeline gave you new hope and new breath, thank God for that…you needed it !
    It’s good to be cautious when using the pram.

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  • this story has always made me worry as well, I even stand with my foot on the wheel so I can feel it move even the slightest

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  • This story was why I was always so paranoid ever letting go of the pram.

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  • I remember this. Without meaning to criticise someone who’s suffered a horrible tragedy, I was always confused that she didn’t seem to have the pram safety strap around her wrist, or the brakes on.

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