THE heartbreak of losing one of your eight-month-old twins is indescribable.

Nearly two decades have passed since Brain Hill’s baby daughter Megan died in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

But the 51-year-old is determined to keep Megan’s memory alive and to do this, he is running the London Marathon next April.

Brian, from Great Oakley, welcomed Megan and her twin brother Daniel into the world 19 years ago.

They were his second set of twins after his daughters Lauren and Katie, who are now 23 years old, were born.

But baby Megan was born with a range of health problems and it was difficult for her to be diagnosed by doctors.

The youngster was transferred from hospital to hospital before being cared for by staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital for the last few months of her life.

Brian, who is a self employed IT lecturer, said: “The doctors diagnosed her with beckwith-wiedemann syndrome.

“It’s a condition where you have enlarged organs and she had an enlarged stomach and liver.

“She also had a complicated blood clotting system.

“Hers was very aggressive and her blood would clot when she had to take her medication.”

Megan was on oxygen for a long time but tragically at eight-months-old the oxygen was no longer helping and she died of respiratory failure.

After coming to terms with his loss, Brain decided he wanted to start fundraising in her memory.

He said: “She always fought through everything and every time she got ill she fought back and I thought if she was here now she would be doing so much.”

So Brian took it upon himself to complete an 100 mile bike ride in London for Great Ormond Street Hospital back in 2015.

He raised £1,300 for the hospital.

In 2016, he did a skydive in Suffolk for the Over The Rainbow Children’s Charity and raised about £5,000.

A year later Brian was approached by Gordon Ramsay’s team as they wanted him to take part in a triathlon in London for the world-famous chef’s team.

Brian was ask to be part of the team as the chef has the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

He said: “I met Gordon by accident before the event.

“I wanted to take the lift before the triathlon and pushed my way into one full of women who were part of Gordon’s team.

“He was at the back of the lift and I said: ‘I know you’.

“He saw my team Ramsay shirt, and replied: ‘I know who you are too’.

Brian then finished another triathlon in 2018.

Next year, Brian will be running the London Marathon and complete an arduous swim before heading off to reach Mount Everest’s base camp in 2021.

“I hate running,” he said.

“I am wanting to get the Christmas period out of the way and train after then.

“The plan is to run the London Marathon in April and do the Serpentine Swim in September.

“Then I hope to get up to base camp on Mount Everest.”

Brian is hoping to raise £2,000 for Children with Cancer UK through his marathon.

He said: “Megan did not have cancer but I remember children with the illness ringing the bell at the hospital when they were given the all clear.

“The run is all about raising money and keeping Megan’s memory alive.

“I hope she will be proud of me.”

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