Orphans face losing family home after deaths of mum, dad and brother in nine months

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Three siblings who lost their parents and brother in the space of just nine months now face losing their home.

Orphans Robert, Rebecca and Stephen Leech have been in a constant state of grief and feel like their family is cursed following the deaths of their loved ones.
Their mother Diane, 55, died from a rare heart defect - less than 24 hours after being admitted to hospital complaining of shortness of breath.
A few months later, dad Robert died from cancer aged 54. Further tragedy came when cancer also claimed the life of brother Karl aged 29.
Now the family, who all live together in their childhood home in Bootle, Merseyside, fear they may lose their house as they are being threatened with court action.
Rob said: "It's been soul destroying, we've gone through so much as my mum used to say if we didn't get bad luck, we'd have no luck. It's like we're cursed."
While trying to cope with the heartbreaking deaths of their loved ones, the tight-knit siblings have also been struggling through their own health battles, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Rebecca was days from death when she was diagnosed with anorexia and eldest brother Rob needed a liver transplant at the same time brother Karl was dying in a hospice.

As the siblings continue to battle complications from their own health problems, youngest brother Stephen helps care for his brother and sister.
The family’s series of heath battles started when Rebecca was diagnosed with anorexia when she was 19.
Her struggle with the debilitating disease has also caused her to suffer from anxiety and depression, all of which have been exacerbated by the bereavements the family have gone through.
In 2011 Rob was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver despite only ever having drunk a couple of times in his life and was given the terrifying news he would need a liver transplant to survive.
In 2014 their dad Robert was then given the horrific news that he had oesophageal cancer, which doctors told him was terminal.
Rob said: "He was insistent he go treatment, he'd rather die trying than wait to die."

Robert defied the odds after fighting for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and eventually was given an operation to remove his gullet, which meant he had to be fed through a tube.
The family thought their troubles were over but life sucker-punched them again when in 2016 brother Karl was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at just 28.
Doctors had initially misdiagnosed his shoulder pain as muscle damage and then bone cancer.
But scans revealed the horrifying truth: he had a tumour the size of an orange in his lung and it was spreading everywhere.
By the time Karl died he had a tumour the size of a grapefruit on his spine which had paralysed him and the tumour on his shoulder created a huge, visible hump.
Dad Robert was also again diagnosed with cancer in 2016, shortly after Karl was told he was sick. But chose to keep his terminal diagnosis secret to save his family from more pain.

Then mum Diane was admitted to hospital complaining of shortness of breath in November 2016.
Less than 24 hours later she had died from a rare heart defect, aged just 55, and the family’s life was turned upside down again.
Their mother and father had been together since they were 21.           
Robert died, aged 54, a few months after his wife. They had been together since they were 21.
Rebecca said: "Mum and dad, they'd never done anything without each other. They'd been together since they were 21. Dad died in March 2017, only four months after mum."
Days before Robert died he built his daughter this pink shed, as a place to take her mind away from the anxiety caused by her anorexia.
Rob said: "My dad built it for my sister and worked while he was poorly when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He built it as a hobby and craft shed to help her with her anxiety and depression.”
He added: “Every day he pushed himself to go out there, to do it, he wanted to make sure it was done in case the worst happened. He was a really devoted dad.”
The constant stream of terrible news made Rebecca’s anorexia, anxiety and depression significantly worse, to the point her brothers are worried she will make herself ill.
Following their parents deaths life became almost intolerable for the siblings, they had no parents and both Karl and Robert were in the throes of rigorous treatment for their own diseases.
Despite trying experimental treatment Karl's cancer became progressively worse and by the age of 29 he was paraylsed. He died just a month before his 30th birthday, the same week brother Rob had a life saving liver transplant.
Stuck miles away in hospital in Birmingham Rob could only whisper his goodbyes to Karl over the phone after he had passed away.
Rob said: “It was extremely difficult, I’d had this amazing news, I was getting a second chance at life and my brother was passing away at the same time.”
Rebecca added: It was really hard, heartbreaking. Rob hadn't wanted to leave but Karl knew Rob was going, he kept saying 'we are both going to get better.'"
Rob said:“It seems like if we weren’t getting bad news it was no news and if we didn’t have bad luck we’d have no luck at all.”
The family had a speck of light amid all the darkness in their lives when youngest brother Ste got married and then when he had his daughter Matilda.
The constant stream of terrible news made Rebecca’s anorexia, anxiety and depression significantly worse, to the point her brothers are worried she will make herself ill.
Following their parents' deaths, life became almost intolerable for the siblings, with both Karl and Robert in the throes of rigorous treatment for their own diseases.
Despite trying experimental treatment Karl's cancer became progressively worse and by the age of 29 he was paraylsed. He died just a month before his 30th birthday, the same week brother Rob had a life saving liver transplant.
Stuck miles away in hospital in Birmingham Rob could only whisper his goodbyes to Karl over the phone after he had passed away.
Rob said: “It was extremely difficult, I’d had this amazing news, I was getting a second chance at life and my brother was passing away at the same time.”
Rebecca added: "It was really hard, heartbreaking. Rob hadn't wanted to leave but Karl knew Rob was going, he kept saying 'we are both going to get better.'"

Sadly Robert and Karl never got to meet baby Matilda although the family say just knowing a bit of joy was coming into the family buoyed their spirits before they passed.
Rebecca said: "Mum and dad always wanted a grandchild and when Ste found out he was having a baby dad was excited. Karl was excited too."
The family are terrified they will be forced out of their beloved family home.
Robert said: “This is the only house we’ve ever known.”
After their parents died the siblings told the mortgage company of their dad’s death and continued to pay the mortgage to stay in the home.
Rebecca said: "The house means everything to us.
"People have asked: 'Why not let the house go? It's in negative equity'. But we don't want to leave, I can't live anywhere else, I can feel my mum and dad here."
Rob was named on the account when his father became ill, however last December the mortgage company started refusing to take payments on the mortgage and insisted the house could be repossessed unless the full balance of the mortgage was repaid.
A year later the siblings are fighting to keep the only home they have ever known, full of the only happy memories they have.
Rob said: "We had been making payments and then all of a sudden it stops.
"The thing is we were paying for it, we've tried to get mortgages even though they knew immediately dad died and it wasn't until December when they sent a letter to say the account holder had died.."
The huge economic burden of paying for three funerals and taking legal advice have left the siblings financially crippled, meaning they now don't have hot water in their home.
Rebecca said: "We were paying out for three funerals and were told we're not eligible for grants because Stephen is working."
After visiting multiple solicitors the family said have been told they should be allowed to stay in the home but the mortgage company are still insisting it needs to go to court.
Rebecca said: "We went to see a solicitor , he said to us that legally they shouldn't have taken payments after the account holder passed, it should have just been into probate, so legally they took us on as tenants."
The family have now been told they must pay the huge £86,000 balance on the mortgage or face court action on December 18.
A  GoFundMe  page has been set up to help the family with the crippling costs of paying off the funeral and to help them with general expenses.
They said will take help in any form they can and are asking for legal advice, anyone who might be able to help with a mortgage or even someone to buy the home and let it back to them.
The siblings fear that moving out of the house would also mean they were forced to be apart for the first time in their lives.
Rebecca said: "We don't want to have to ask people for money, it's the last thing we wanted, it's not something they [parents] would want us to do but they loved the house and I can't lose it. I've been extremely down about it, I don't want to be split up.
"If the company said you can make payments tomorrow, we would go with that, we want to pay."

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