ITV's Hannah Hawkins sadly dies just months after welcoming baby boy
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An ITV producerm who worked on popular programmes like Lorraine, has tragically passed away mere months after welcoming her baby boy.
The 25-year-old had to undergo one round of IVF and 23 rounds of chemotherapy until she was eventually given the all-clear. However, that was sadly only short-lived as just two days before giving birth to her son Rory in August, she was dealt the devastating news that her cancer had returned.
Hannah died on Friday (3 November), and her partner Tom has since taken to Instagram yesterday (5 November) to pay a tribute to his late wife and mother of his child.
He posted a photo of Hannah cradling Rory with the caption reading: "Hannah Hawkins, 11.12.89 - 3.11.23.
"For someone who’s love language was gift giving, leaving us they day before my birthday was really not the one. I wish you’d kept the receipt."
Tom went on: "There is no way I can pay tribute or sum you up in one post. In fact I could write an essay on how unfair this is.
"That you miss out on seeing Rory growing up, that he won’t be able to feel the love of his mum, and that this terrible illness took hold so quickly.
"But that’s not how you saw it. The remarkable person that you were, the phrase you used so many times over the last few weeks - and it set me off every time; 'I’m so at peace with the life I’ve lived' is something we can all admire.
"The fact that right until the end you were putting others feelings first and making us all laugh was just you to a tee."
The grieving widower went on: "Your life can be defined simply by love, friendship and strength and I’ll make sure these are cornerstones of Rory’s life.
"I want him to know how much everyone loved his mum, and how much love you gave. How you would say to me in any of my dark moments, 'remember you are so loved'.
"I want him to know that you were someone who could walk into a room of strangers and come out having made friends for life, and that our social calendar was always so full we physically couldn’t fit in everyone we wanted to see.
"I also want him to know the bravery you showed everyday, facing into anything life threw at you with strength of a warrior, a smile on your face and laughter in your eyes."
He went on to thank Hannah for '13 amazing years' after writing: "This is the legacy you leave for our little boy, this and so much more."
You can donate to Hannah's legacy fund here.
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