Tales like this put life into perspective.
AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 26, has been through an incredibly tough time of late.
Back in December the heart of his daughter, Renee, stopped beating. His wife, Rachel, was 39 weeks pregnant and had to give birth to their stillborn daughter.
For the first time Arter has opened up about the heartbreaking incident as he is still coming to terms with his loss with the help of teammates and staff at the club.
Here are a few snippets from the incredibly moving piece written by Stuart James in the Guardian, which I urge you to read.
Arter reveals how he gave his usual team talk to the players — he then put in a man of the match display against Manchester United — just two days after losing his daughter:
“I did manage to do the speech and I actually kept it together,” Arter says. “I used what happened to say to the lads: ‘Listen, I’ve experienced how short a life can be, what’s happened to my little baby could happen to someone in this team, so make sure you give everything today because these football moments are not going to last forever, and what I’ve learned from this experience is that life can end at any second.'”
The man who has worked his way up from Woking in the Conference South to being a regular in the Premier League has broken down multiple times over the past two months, as he struggles to comprehend what has happened.
But he is sure of one thing:
“Every single game now I go out – and this is the truth – to play for her. I think I need to do her proud and play as well as I physically can, so that if she’s watching she’ll be happy.”