Bristol man runs marathons in aid of childbirth death research

  • 2 August 2013
  • From the section England
Media captionMark Joy took part in the unofficial marathons to raise money for research into amniotic fluid embolism

A man whose sister died from a rare condition during childbirth, has run the distance of seven marathons in seven consecutive days.

Mark Joy completed the unofficial marathons to raise money for research into amniotic fluid embolism.

During labour, amniotic fluid entered Lisa Waterman's bloodstream, which killed her and her son, Louie.

Mr Joy, from Bristol, completed his final run along the Camel Trail, in Cornwall on Thursday.

Mrs Waterman, who was 34 and also from Bristol, died in December 2011.

Lives 'destroyed'

Her sister, Debbie Mulford-Joy, who is from Liskeard in Cornwall, said: "It is a rare condition... we were just extremely, extremely unlucky."

On Mr Joy's JustGiving page, he said: "Lisa would have been a perfect mother and Louie would have been the luckiest baby in the world, with parents who would have loved him to bits.

"The day Louie was to be born was going to be so perfect, with the creation of new life. Instead lives were destroyed."

Mr Joy is raising money for the charity Wellbeing of Women, which works to improve the health of women and babies.

He said: "I wanted to do something for my sister and Louie, and I thought the best thing was to raise money for a charity.

"I've completed one marathon and I knew I was capable of running the long distance, but I wanted it to be a proper challenge.

"I got to day four and hit a wall, but I was able to push through it and maintain a pace."

Mr Joy said he travelled by "planes, trains and automobiles" to get from one location to the next, which included Dublin, Glasgow, Bristol, Exeter and Padstow.

He said all the runs were the same distance as a marathon, which is 26.2 miles (42.1 km).

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