Tragic life of Mandy Allwood: 'Octomum' who lost all 8 babies will now be buried ALONE!
'Octomum' Mandy Allwood, who had announced she was expecting octuplets before all of them perished, has died aged 56. Allwood, who lost her octuplets at 24 weeks, has now died following a cancer battle. Reportedly, no one from her family plans to attend her funeral, scheduled on Friday morning, January 4.
Allwood stunned the world and made global headlines when she announced in 1996, aged 31, that she was expecting eight children with her boyfriend Paul Hudson. However, none of her children – six boys and two girls — survived. They were all born over three days and three nights.
Allwood is to be cremated in a service in Stratford-upon-Avon funded by her local council. There will be no mourners present. It is said that Allwood never recovered from the grief of losing her children — Kypros, Adam, Martyn, Cassius, Nelson, Donald, Kitali and Layne. Following their deaths, Allwood appeared on Oprah and had lunch with Princess Diana.
Unable to cope with the devastating loss, Allwood slipped into depression, attempted suicide and spiralled into alcohol addiction. She also split with Hudson later. Allwood lost custody of her three surviving children after she was caught drink driving with them in 2007. She subsequently also became estranged from her family. Allwood suffered from phantom pregnancy later, claiming that she could still feel babies kicking inside her.
At one point in 2008, Allwood would start drinking wine the minute she woke up. When she lost her driving licence, she began commuting in taxis to buy more alcohol. She attempted suicide at least on two occasions. Mandy’s friend, Mark Beard, 58, told The Sun, "She had been struggling with cancer for a while and had an operation before Christmas but told us recently that it had come back. I don’t know what sort of cancer it was.” Beard is the landlord of the Yard of Ale pub in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks. he recalled how Allwood would stop by two times a week.
“She blended in really well and was always up for a chat," he said of Allwood. “She was a bit eccentric and nutty but that’s why we loved her. She sometimes spoke about what happened to her, with the eight babies. People would often ask her about it. When we first met she told us who she was and she said she had been in magazines in the past but that was it.”
Beard claimed that many of Allwood's friends are going to raise a glass to her life tonight. "We are sending some flowers for the small service. The undertaker is sending some, too," he said. It’s very sad that she won’t have anyone at her funeral. They just say a little prayer and it’s all over in five minutes I think.”
“She just didn’t have anybody really and I don’t think she was in touch with her family at all. It’s a shame," Beard added. “The flowers are going to be brought back here and put on the bar and around a dozen of us will be raising a glass to her. We wanted to mark it somehow. It only seems right.”