Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson & wife heartbreakingly share 'indescribable pain' after stillbirth of baby daughter | The SunNovember 15, 2023
THOR BJORNSSON and his wife have revealed their “indescribable pain” after the stillbirth of their baby girl.
The Game of Thrones star, 34, and partner Kelsey Henson announced last month that they were expecting their second child.
They then shared photos of her baby bump and their three-year-old boy, who was “excited” to become a big brother.
The new arrival’s due date was in March 2024 but the man nicknamed “The Mountain” has now revealed the tragic news on social media.
The Icelandic professional strongman shared on Instagram: “Grace Morgan Hafthorsdottir born Nov 8th at 21 1/2 weeks gestation.”
Thor, who has competed in four boxing bouts and amassed two wins and two draws, and Kelsey said that after a “noticeable decrease in movement” it was then discovered that their daughter’s heart had stopped beating.
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Along with photos from the stillbirth, a statement on Instagram from the couple read:
“T.W stillbirth/delayed miscarriage. It is with great sorrow that we announce the birth of our daughter, Grace Morgan Hafthorsdottir born Nov 8th at 21 1/2 weeks gestation.
“After a noticeable decrease in movement we found out her heart had stopped beating.
“Words cannot describe our pain of this loss or our happiness at being able to spend time with our daughter.
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“She is absolutely beautiful, with blonde lashes and brows and a little smile for mom and dad.”
The heartbroken star and his partner continued: “The love we feel for her is overwhelming. The grief we feel will be with us forever but so will the love.
“All of our hopes and dreams for her have been taken away from us but I know I will be with her again. Her spirit lives on through us and her siblings.
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this time as we grieve this unbearable loss. Thank you all for any kind words and support.”
What is a stillbirth?
A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy. It happens in around 1 in every 200 births in England.
If the baby dies before 24 completed weeks, it's known as a miscarriage.
Contact your midwife or doctor straightaway if you're pregnant and worried about your baby – for example, if you've noticed your baby moving less than usual.
Don't wait until the next day. If your baby is moving less, it can be a sign that something's wrong and needs to be checked out.
Some stillbirths are linked to complications with the placenta, a birth defect or with the mother's health. For others, no cause is found.
Canadian Kelsey, 33, studied Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Alberta and then worked as a waitress and in construction after graduating.
Then a chance meeting with GOT star Bjornsson took her life on a different path.
That occurred in September 2017 as the strongman visited Kelsey's diner while he was in town for a lifting competition and the star-struck waitress asked him for a selfie after recognising him from the hit HBO drama.
They instantly hit it off and have been together ever since, with Kelsey following her man into the weightlifting scene.The couple regularly post updates on Instagram of their feats and have since opened a fitness centre called Thor’s Power Gym.
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