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Kate Middleton makes poignant revelation during visit to the family of a poorly child

Mirror logo Mirror 02/03/2017 Nicola Bartlett

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA The Duchess of Cambridge described having a baby as a “life-changing moment”, when meeting the family of a sick child.

Kate was visiting the new Ronald McDonald Evelina House in London, a purpose built “home away from home”, which accommodates the families of children being treated in hospital .

She told Dion Mifsud and Danielle Debono, whose eight-month-old daughter Mia has had both kidneys removed: “For any family having a baby is a life-changing moment, but for you having to go through all that as well is extraordinary.”

Brave Mia was given just a 10% chance of living past one month because of the rare illness autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease.

Ms Debono, 32, said Mia is now waiting for a kidney transplant, adding: “We have to wait until she weighs 10 kilos. She weighs 6.7 kilos so we are nearly there.”

Father Mr Mifsud, 40, who is a match for his tiny daughter, said: “And I have to lose weight to give her mine!”

He said Kate and Mia were “laughing and smiling together”, and added: “The Duchess also made it very easy for us to talk to her.”

Kate, who was wearing a blue Rebecca Taylor suit, marked the opening of the house by meeting the families and children that use the £13 million home which can house 59 families, and is a five-minute walk from Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Kate’s husband was also discussing their roles as parents as he awarded the co-founder of Mumsnet, Justine Roberts, a CBE at Buckingham Palace.

Kate Middleton swaps her metallic dress for a tweed Rebecca Taylor skirt suit for opening of hospital home.

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The Duke of Cambridge joked to Ms Roberts that Kate “may well be” a user of her parenting network as he presented her with the award for services to the economy.

Ms Roberts said: “We speculated as to whether the Duchess of Cambridge was a Mumsnetter.

“I suggested that a lot of conversation (on the website) was about feckless husbands but said ‘don’t worry because it is all anonymous’.”

Ms Roberts, 49, said William did not confirm Kate used the site but said “she may well be”.

Ms Roberts said: “We speculated that she might and that if she did, no doubt she would be joining in the conversations about feckless husbands.”

Ms Roberts, who helped steer Mumsnet into an influential advice and campaigning network for parents, attended the glittering ceremony with her husband Ian and children Lola and Scarlet, both 18, Jake, 14, and Jesse, 11.

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