Sophie’s Boys is a story of heartache. But, it’s also a story of determination and hope. In 2007, Sophie Smith and her husband Ash lost their premature babies who were born at just 24 weeks. Henry lived for one hour, Evan for 10 days and Jasper for 58 days. In an effort to turn such devastating losses into something positive, Sophie and Ash starting running. Running gave the couple a way to fundraise, but it also helped them to heal. For Sophie, it became her meditation. After the deaths of her precious boys, Sophie and Ash had two more sons, Owen and Harvey. But, tragedy struck the family again some eight years later when Ash lost his battle with brain cancer. In this biography, told from Sophie’s perspective, we learn how Sophie and her husband coped with the births and deaths of thier triplets. We find out how, and why, they continued to honour their memories while raising two energetic sons. And we learn how, through excruciating grief, Sophie was able to find the strength to continue her charity work (which has seen her raise over $2.5 million for the Royal Hospital for Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit) even after the loss of her husband.
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Deborah FitzGerald is a senior journalist, writer and editor. She is currently editor of centralnews.com.au based at UTS.