Due to Illness, Warwick Davis Lost His First 2 Kids and Almost Lost His Beloved Wife. Now He Appreciates Every Minute of His Life
Finding a soulmate is very hard. But even if you manage to find them in this huge world and live hand in hand for many years, life can throw many difficulties your way. Actor Warwick Davis lost two children, and his wife nearly died from a serious illness. But the challenges they faced only made their love and happiness stronger.
Warwick met Samantha on the set of Willow. He was an actor, and she was an extra. 4 years later, in 1991, they got married. He calls her his soulmate. They have been together for over 30 years, but their life hasn’t been simple.
Warwick was born with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED), an extremely rare genetic form of dwarfism. His parents were told the boy would never be able to walk and wouldn’t live long enough to become a teenager. But he survived a difficult surgery on his legs and feet and was able to walk. Then he started filming in movies and proved the doctors wrong. His wife Samantha has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
Their first son, Lloyd, inherited both illnesses, and this combination was fatal. He dies just 9 days after birth. Soon after that, Sam got pregnant again, but suffered a miscarriage after 19 weeks. They named this son George and he also had both illnesses. These experiences could have broken anyone, but the losses made the family stronger. The actor said, “It’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone, it’s devastating. You do learn to live with it, eventually, over time, you’re able to better understand why it happened and can come to terms with it a bit more, but you never get over it.”
Warwick is the co-founder of a charity organization called Little People UK which sheds light on the problem of dwarfism. He says that many people think it’s just about height, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Dwarfism causes a lot of health issues that only get worse with age.
But the couple still managed to have children. They had a daughter, Annabelle, and a son, Harrison. Both of them inherited their father’s SED, but they were able to deal with it. Harrison has also had lots of complex surgeries, but the parents have always been supportive and proud of him.
In 2018, Sam had spine surgery, which led to serious consequences. At first, the woman felt weak, but attributed it to stress. However, when she could no longer stand without support, she was hospitalized with a mysterious illness. During the examination, doctors noticed an inflamed scar on her back. It turned out that Samantha had contracted sepsis, and it was very serious — they thought they wouldn’t see her again.
Warwick was terrified, picturing life without his wife. For several days, she was between life and death. But Sam got an urgent surgery that went well. When she got discharged, Warwick didn’t leave her side for 3 months, bringing her meds and giving her injections.
Despite being married for over 30 years, their feelings for each other are still strong. They speak of each other with tenderness. Samantha calls Warwick the bravest, most caring, and sensitive person who surprises her every day with his courage and strength. And she touchingly confesses her love: “I love you to the moon and back.” But the man doesn’t hide his tenderness either.
The challenges they have survived influenced both of them. They both experienced PTSD after Sam’s health scare, but it taught them to appreciate every moment and live full lives.
Now this family is happy and they are coping with all the hardships that come their way together. They can definitely teach us a lot, such as how to value our loved ones, believe in the good in everything, and remain strong in any circumstances.