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Kate tells of 'worst kind of limbo'

Original Source: METRO: THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2007
Kate McCann said she needs to know what happened to Madeleine

Madeleine McCann's mother has said she would rather know her daughter was dead than live in limbo forever.

Kate McCann said she and her husband Gerry needed to know what had happened to her - even if that meant learning the worst.

The couple have always said they will cling onto the hope Madeleine is still alive until they see concrete evidence to the contrary. But on Saturday Portuguese police acknowledged for the first time that she could be dead in the light of newly discovered clues.

Mrs McCann told Woman's Own magazine: "I've never liked uncertainty. And this is the worst kind of limbo. Gerry and I have spoken about this and in our heart of hearts we'd both rather know - even if knowing means we have to face the terrible truth that Madeleine might be dead. We both need to know."

In her interview Mrs McCann paints a vivid picture of her daughter as a sociable and funny child.

She said: "She has a lot of personality and her name actually means 'tower of strength'. But she hated it when we called her Maddie - she'd say, 'My name is Madeleine', with an indignant look on her face. I bet she's giving whoever she's with her tuppence worth."

Mrs McCann has almost always been seen clutching Madeleine's favourite soft toy, Cuddle Cat, in the months days since her disappearance. Referring to the stuffed animal, she said: "In a way I wish they'd taken this with her. It would be a comfort to know Madeleine had something she loved, wherever she is. I can't prepare myself for bad news. I simply don't know how."

Madeleine's mother also spoke about her daily struggle to carry on. "When children have gone missing in the past - Holly Wells, Jessica Chapman and Sarah Payne - and I've watched the news and thought, 'that's my worst nightmare'," she said.

"I had no idea how those mothers got through the day. But until you're in that situation, you can't even begin to imagine what it is that gets you out of bed and into the shower. You just have to go on."

She also responded to criticism of her and her husband for leaving their three children alone in their flat while they dined in a nearby restaurant on the night Madeleine disappeared. Mrs McCann said: "I ask myself, 'Why did I think it was safe?' But it felt safe. You don't expect a predator to break in and take your daughter."

Holly Wells, Jessica Chapman

 Sarah Payne


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