The mum and dad of Britain’s biggest family say they are “devastated” after losing their 17th child.
Mum-of-16 Sue Radford from Morecambe announced at the weekend that she and husband Noel were expecting their 17th baby in April , cementing the couple’s record for having the UK’s largest family.
But in a heartbreaking statement today, the mum and dad-to-be said Sue’s 12-week scan showed the baby had died.
They said : “It’s with such sadness that we have to say our beautiful baby’s heartbeat stopped two days ago, we are utterly devastated beyond words.”
The couple had told just days ago how “thrilled” they were to be expecting again, 11 months after the birth of their 16th child Casper last October.
Sue, 38, said they had already suffered two early miscarriages, and she had begun to think her family was complete before discovering she was pregnant again.
Sue said: “Within two seconds I could see there was no heartbeat. My heart sank, I knew it was gone. Sadly it’s just one of those things.
“We have 16 healthy children but this time it wasn’t meant to be. We are devastated. “
The Radfords found fame after being featured in a Channel Four documentary when they had 15 children.
They have since had Casper, but also have Chris, 24, Sophie, 19, Chloe, 18, Jack, 16, Daniel, 14, Luke, 12, Millie, 12, Katie, 10, James, nine, Ellie, eight, Aimee, seven, Josh, five, Max, four, Tillie, three, and Oscar two.
Despite the huge cost of feeding and clothing such a large family, the Radfords have refused to claim benefits.