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Catastrophe’s Rob Delaney confirms wife’s pregnancy in “sad love letter” to the NHS

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Rob Delaney attends the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss 'Catastrophe' Season 2 at AOL Studios In New York on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Rob and Leah Delaney’s pregnancy comes five months after the death of their young son, Henry.

Rob Delaney, who is best known for starring in Channel 4’s Catastrophe, has confirmed that his wife Leah is expecting another child.

The actor tweeted: “Just had two typically wonderful @NHSEnglandLDN midwives visit my pregnant wife and I for a home birth assessment.”

Alongside the post, Delaney shared a video in support of the National Healthcare Service, in which he explains: “We had a couple of kids in the US and we had one child here in the UK and we’re about to have another and now I know unfortunately that things can go very wrong and so I don’t have the attitude like it won’t happen to me because it did happen to us.

“Our son Henry passed away in January of this year from cancer and he was a beautiful little boy from the moment he was born until the moment he died.”

The actor continued: “And he benefited so much from the healthcare system here and so did we as his parents because while we endured stress that was truly unbelievable.”

Delaney added: “We didn’t endure the financial stress of wondering are we going to be able to pay for this, are we going to have to move during his treatment because we have to move into a smaller house or move in with relatives… so that financial stress we didn’t have to endure here and what a gift…”

In February, Delaney confirmed that his two-year-old son Henry had died from brain cancer.

“I will endeavour not to go mad with grief,” he wrote at the time, adding: “We had so many wonderful adventures together.”

The actor went on to reveal that Henry’s brain tumour was diagnosed in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following “persistent vomiting and weight loss”.

After he was admitted to an NHS hospital, Delaney’s son had “surgery to remove the tumour and further treatment through the early part of 2017”.

Tragically, though, the cancer returned last autumn and Henry passed away in January.

“His tumour and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum,” noted Delaney.

“His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.”

In his post, Delaney went on to praise the “NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry’s illness”, insisting that they “will be my heroes until the day I die”.

He also emotionally thanked “beautiful Henry” for “spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much.”

Delaney and his wife are also the parents to two other sons. 

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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