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Leigh Arnold: 'My baby Flynn's death made me realise what really matters in life'

Published 09/04/2015 | 09:07

Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
Leigh Arnold
Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
VIP Magazine's April 2015 issue, out now

Irish actress Leigh Arnold has had her fair share of heart break - but she maintains that it is always important to make the most of every day.

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Leigh and her husband Steve Davies were devastated when their second son, Flynn, lost his life to cot death in 2013 when he was just two weeks old.

Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)

The Clinic star spoke out about the heartbreak the couple experienced to VIP Magazine, confessing that she has now acquired a 'hard' shell as a result of the grief.

"You realise what matters and who matters in life," she told the magazine.

Leigh Arnold
Leigh Arnold

"I don't like being hard but I've become a bit hard. When you hear people crying 'I'm so depressed because I haven't got a boyfriend...Oh for God's sake! This isn't a problem! You have the power to change this. I don't have the power to bring my son back."

The 35-year-old actress has become a patron of FirstLight to help support other parents who have lost children to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would happen to me but since it has, I've realised I'm a 'doer'. I'm doing something for Flynn and in his name and for other children that have died suddenly so they are not forgotten," the stoic Dubliner stated.

"There has to be a reason because otherwise what is the point? If you don't believe there's a reason, you'd just crumble and die. The problem is that if I slow down, then I'll hear the voices in my head and I don't want to listen."

Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)
Leigh Arnold and son Hunter (3)

Leigh and Steve are parents to a 3-year-old son named Hunter, and are expecting another baby later this year.

The Foxrock native revealed she is writing a book about love, life and loss.

"I started a while back, just writing thoughts down again for a healing purposes, and it just started going places.  I haven't been in touch with a publishing house yet but I hope to finish it by the end of the summer."

The April issue of VIP Magazine is on newsstands now.

VIP Magazine's April 2015 issue, out now
VIP Magazine's April 2015 issue, out now

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