At 21 weeks, too early for medical intervention to help, and weighing just 450g, tiny Henry lived for only one hour in his mother’s arms. Belinda never forgot how blessed they felt that day and the helplessness of knowing that another family’s experience was so different to theirs.
Every year on the eve of Noah’s birthday when tucking her little boy into bed, Belinda has always told Noah the story of his birth. It’s a happy story but it also always includes the story of Henry Smith, the little boy who was born and died next door.
That’s how Noah has grown up knowing about Henry, who he likes to think would have been his friend, and that’s why Noah has chosen to run the City2Surf to raise funds for the Running for Premature Babies Foundation, the charity founded in memory of Henry and his triplet brothers, to give premature babies a better chance of survival.
Noah says “I’ll be running for the four of us, and I hope I do the boys proud.”