This Morning is usually a light-hearted and breezy affair, punctuated by bursts of inadvertent double entendres, silly puns and that girl who thought she was Big Ben.

The usual repartee was broken this morning on This Morning, however, when Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were all but reduced to tears by a heartbreaking tale that one of their callers told.

The woman, who had a Midlands accent, was speaking to Jeff Brazier on the subject of life after loss. The caller, whose name was Theresa, told a harrowing tale of life after her husband passed away six weeks ago.

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"Theresa said: 'I'm terminally ill and I should be in a hospice but my partner died unexpectedly. My children always thought that they would have their dad after my death but now he's gone, I'm going to die leaving my three children alone. How do I explain this to them? They're 26, 18 and 15."

"Oh Theresa, I'm so sorry," said Holly. You can watch the This Morning panel nearly lose it here.

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It would get worse before it got better. "I've got two dead children," Theresa said continued, to which Philip could only manage an "Oh God". "I've tried and so has my GP - we wrote letters to them and the letter was opened and then stuck on the fireplace, they didn't want to accept it.

"I've had one cardiac arrest and two strokes. I've got a 'do not resuscitate' and they resuscitated me."

The panel were adamant that they would do everything in their power to lessen the pain of her loss and her ongoing problems. Jeff Brazier knows first hand the pain of terminal illness, having lost his wife Jade Goody to cervical cancer in 2009, leaving him as the sole guardian of her two kids.

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Jeff later tweeted: "For those deeply concerned about Theresa from the phone in today, I had a long chat with her afterwards and the show & I are now involved." Phillip Schofield later said that This Morning would put their "full force behind her."

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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