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Viewers In Tears As DIY SOS Transform Home Of Woman With Tragic History

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Viewers In Tears As DIY SOS Transform Home Of Woman With Tragic History

DIY SOS viewers were in tears after the team made over a widow's house to help her move past the home's tragic past.

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Nick Knowles and co were in Scunthorpe on last night's episode of the BBC One show.

Caroline Blanchard tragically lost her daughter Natasha in a freak accident when she was just seven, followed by her husband Paul nine years later.

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Nick and 300 volunteers demolished Caroline's conservatory and garage, where she lost her family members. The renovation was done in just five days, making a new living space for Caroline and her two children to make new memories.

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Speaking about the birth of her daughter, Caroline explained: "The minute he saw Natasha he just loved her. I saw it in him."

Caroline said that Natasha was 'always a daredevil', saying: "She always wanted to be the first on one to try it."

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She had her son Reece a few years later, but than tragedy struck.

She explained: "Tasha was in the garden with her dad. I had just come in, I was going to get tea sorted and she wanted to go on one of the motorbikes.

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"Paul said to her, just wait for me, I'll go and get your helmet, which was in the house. For some reason, she decided to ride down the yard, without it on and didn't stop and just went straight into the garage.

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"Paul ran after her and picked her up and she said 'I'm alright'. She went into the hallway and had a massive seizure in her dads arms."

She was taken to hospital, with doctors trying to save her. CaroIine said: "I just remember the surgeon coming in and telling me she was bleeding that badly they couldn't stop it."

But the impact of losing Natasha was too much for Paul, who suffered with chest pains and heart problems.

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In 2016, Paul suffered a massive heart attack in the house's conservatory which resulted in brain damage, which tragically proved fatal.

Despite the property's history, Caroline didn't want to move. She said: "In the beginning [I thought about it], but the community we have got up this street, they have been amazing with us.

"They care for me, they care for the children, they do genuinely look out for us. To lose that, the neighbours that are really good and really supportive."

When Caroline saw that the conservatory had gone, she broke down.

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She told the team: "It's the best thing you could have done, taking that down, so I don't have to think about it anymore."

They also changed the garage into a studio for Reece to work on his bikes and remember his dad, as well as a living space for the family.

When it was revealed, she said: "All I ever saw was her getting carried out by him. Thank you."

The episode clearly affected viewers, with one writing: "Only caught the last 10 minutes of #DIYSOS and it has completely ruined me. Wonderful telly."

Another added: "I sobbed the whole way through! Incredible group of people and restores my faith in humanity."

A third said: "The family on DIY SOS are just so lovely. Obviously in tears because I have never watched an episode without ugly crying."

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Amelia Ward
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