Claire Sessarego tells WOMAN’S OWN her extraordinary story …
In October 2009 I placed Claire’s story about how her own father, who was in the SAS, faked his death. Her story told after her father truly did die appeared over two pages of the Daily Mail. Claire Sessarego and I stayed in touch and several years later my services were required when tragedy hit the family.
Claire’s sister Terri and her partner Tom were walking along a road when a lorry load fell on them. Both of them died leaving son Morgan, 18 months old an orphan. The extraordinarily tragic accident appeared in all the newspapers and I helped Claire and her mum to navigate the media, placing their story in The Sun. They also went on television and in various magazines.
Claire’s mum was appointed Morgan’s legal guardian but incredibly more tragedy was on the way for the family. Claire’s mum had suffered from breast cancer six years earlier and now it was back. Before long she had to go into a hospice.
It was a terrible time but Claire and her partner Ian took over the care of Morgan who called them mummy and daddy. However, within months Ian began complaining of chest pain and eventually he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Ian’s cancer advanced fast. When he died Claire thought her world had come to an end as through all the nightmares, he had always been there for her. Three weeks later her mum also died.
Claire has since been awarded residency of Morgan and he is officially her son. Aged nine, Morgan is a gorgeous boy – an absolute credit to Claire. Her story has since appeared in That’s Life when she won Mum of the Year award and most recently in Woman’s Own magazine.
As Claire says: ‘Some days I didn’t feel like getting up but I knew I had to for the sake of my little boy. I just hope I’ve done the best for him, and our family would be proud,’
I know they definitely would be and I feel privileged to have been a part of Claire’s life for so long! I often see photos of Morgan and Claire out together, on holidays, and laughing together. I am so happy this story has a positive ending.
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