Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has announced that he and his wife Leah are to become parents again.
The happy news comes just five months after the couple lost their two-year old son, Henry, to a brain tumour.
Sharing the news on Twitter, Delaney wrote: “Just had 2 typically wonderful @NHSEnglandLDN midwives visit my pregnant wife & I for a home birth assessment. Love to all marching for the NHS today. See my sad love letter to the NHS below.”
A vocal advocate for the NHS, the 41-year-old American also shared a video he had filmed for Democratic Socialists for Medicare – an organisation campaigning for a government-funded healthcare programme in the US.
As someone who has had children in both the UK and US, he described his family’s experience, saying: “I know unfortunately that things can go very wrong and so I don’t have the attitude like it won’t happen to me because it did happen to us.
“Our son Henry passed away in January of this year from cancer and he was a beautiful little boy from the moment he was born until the moment he died.
“And he benefited so much from the healthcare system here and so did we as his parents because while we endured stress that was truly unbelievable.
“We didn’t endure the financial stress of wondering are we going to be able to pay for this, are we going to have to move during his treatment because we have to move into a smaller house or move in with relatives… so that financial stress we didn’t have to endure here and what a gift.”
Urging all Americans to get involved in the campaign which calls for publicly funded US healthcare which is free at the point of service, he said “the USA can extremely afford it” and labelled the current US health system “bananas”.
Actress and Catastrophe co-writer Sharon Horgan shared Delaney’s tweet, writing: “Listen to my beautiful friend @robdelaney and do what he says.”
Earlier this month, Delaney tweeted a photo of himself holding Henry in his arms.
Alongside the picture, he wrote: “This is the first Father’s Day since my beautiful Henry died. Love today to all dads & moms who’ve lost a child.”
Delaney announced the toddler’s death on Facebook in February, writing: “I have very sad news. My two and a half year old son Henry has passed away.
“Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss.
“He had surgery to remove the tumour and further treatment through the early part of 2017. Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January.
“My wife and Henry’s older brothers and I are devastated of course. Henry was a joy.”
Describing him as “smart, funny, and mischievous” he told of how Henry had learned sign language and found a way of moving around on his bottom after the tumour and surgery had left him with physical disabilities.
He wrote: “His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound. I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry’s mom and his brothers.
“They are why I will endeavour to not go mad with grief. I don’t want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I’m greedy for more experiences with them.”