DIY SOS mom had to turn off the help for the life of her daughter and husband in separate tragedies

Caroline Blanchard was forced to make an unimaginably heartbreaking decision – and then she had to do it a second time.

A single mother from Scunthorpe had to turn off support for the lives of two people she loves the most in the world after two separate tragedies a few years apart.

Then she had to continue living in the shadow of her grief in the same house where her seven-year-old daughter and husband suffered.

Caroline, who lives with her two children Reece and Paige, could not enter the two rooms in her house because of the painful memories they evoked.

The nightmare began in 2007 when Caroline experienced the worst pain anyone could have imagined in traumatic circumstances.

Natasha was only seven years old when she hit her head in a tragic accident in the garage.

Natasha hit her head in the garage and died tragically



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Natasha was playing on a mini motorcycle and accidentally hit her head on the closet while Dad Paul got inside for his helmet.

The little girl looked good at first, she told Daddy Paul, “It’s okay, Daddy.”

Heartbreaking, her condition quickly deteriorated and she was rushed to hospital.

“I just remember the surgeon coming in and telling me he was bleeding so hard he couldn’t stop him,” Caroline explained in tears at tonight’s DIY SOS.

The doctors passed the devastating news to Caroline and Paula – explaining that Natasha should be removed from the life support device.

Unfortunately, she died at the hospital two days after the accident, and Father Paul was burdened with guilt.

A fan of motorcycles decided to crush every bicycle he owned and would sit in the garage for hours trying to come to terms with what had happened.

Caroline is heartbreaking about the loss of her daughter and husband



In September 2012, Caroline gave birth to a daughter, Paige Hope, whose name was chosen by their son Reece because it was a ‘new chapter in their lives’.

The couple struggled to cope with the loss – and Caroline explained that her husband, who adored his children, lost the “spark” from his eye.

Paul suffered from ill health and went to the hospital 22 times, but doctors always told him that his pain was caused by anxiety.

In 2016, just days after he complained of chest pains, tragedy struck again when Paul suffered a heart attack at home in front of his wife and daughter.

Caroline said: “He would suffer from chest pain and palpitations, they kept saying it was stress and anxiety about losing Natasha.

We were just sitting in the conservatory and he was just making a terrible noise. I looked at him and said “Field are you okay?” And he got up but had his hands in the armchair, took the whole chair with him, and just fell to the floor and he began to convulse. “

Paul was kept on a life support machine for 10 days, and then Caroline went through hell once again when she was forced to turn it off.

Paul with his son Reece before he tragically lost his life



After the deaths of her daughter and husband, Caroline decided to donate their organs to help others in need.

Paul did not have life insurance, so Caroline’s single mother had to continue working to support her family, which was extremely difficult due to her panic attacks.

Caroline and her children had to live with a constant reminder of their grief – the garage and the winter garden where two cruel tragedies took place.

But she explained that they did not want to move out because there were a lot of fond memories in their home.

In a heartbreaking chat with host Nick Knowles, Reece says, “I just wish I could see my dad again. It would be amazing if I could.”

Help was at hand as the DIY SOS team, award-winning garden designer Arit Anderson and a group of volunteers landed on Scunthorpe.

They want to give the Blanchard a chance to move forward while still remembering their loved ones, so they decide to demolish the garage and greenhouse.

Reece tells Nick that she just wants to see her father again



Prior to the renovation, a friend close to the project said Grimsby Live : “Caroline, Reece and Paige are grieving and trying to rebuild their lives without a father, husband and sister.

“But there are two major obstacles to their mental health; daily visual reminders of the garage and conservatory, where their two loved ones died.

“Caroline and Reese are going through counseling about grief, but they are constantly experiencing trauma at home, because the garage is a monument to Natasha’s death in the middle of the back garden and where Paul got lost from his grief.

“He would sit inside for hours trying to come to terms with what had happened. The conservatory has never been used since that traumatic day, the doors are closed.

“Reece lost his dad – it was hard. He talks to his friends to release his anger, pain and loss. Both Caroline and Reece don’t want to leave their home and turn their backs on good memories. She’s close to supporting family and children’s school, but Caroline has reached an emotional impasse. “

Back in April 2020, the team gave itself only five days to redesign the house to give Caroline, Reece and Paige a fresh start.

The motivation behind the intensive construction even made veterans of the DIY SOS team cry.

An army of volunteers came to the rescue in Scunthorpe



“Today, the community has come together to help the family in desperate need,” Nick said on the show.

“It’s a story of loss, of crippled grief and of a community struggling with the elements to sustain a broken family.

“It will be an emotional journey for all of us. But by erasing the painful memories we are building to give the grieving family a chance to move forward.”

More than 300 volunteers arrived to help complete the project, and almost all of the construction material was donated by local retailers and suppliers.

“Seeing so many amazing volunteers coming out and supporting the local family is really touching, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them,” said Paolo Proto, executive producer for DIY SOS: The Big Build

“The community of volunteers and artisans has changed the lives of Caroline and her family and left a legacy that will continue long after the TV show is forgotten. It’s amazing what can be done when people help each other.”

Caroline gasps when she realizes what’s going on



The construction would cost more than 75,000 pounds without the generosity of volunteers – and viewers will be able to see the reaction of the Blanchard family in tonight’s show.

Addressing everyone involved, Nick said, “We weren’t sure if we could do this as a five-day build. But it’s pretty amazing what you’ve accomplished. Remember, you made the change, not us.”

Nick has even learned how the family is coping since the big construction was completed.

When asked by Nick he Twitter As they enjoyed their renovated home, Caroline tweeted, “It’s amazing, I absolutely love every inch of the whole place, so it’s amazing what everyone has done for us, the opportunity to go downstairs and enjoy a coffee in the sun is priceless.”

* DIY SOS: The Big Build is airing tonight on BBC One at 8pm

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