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Kiwi couple lose their unborn baby after they were thrown from their Harley-Davidson motorbike

A heartbreaking photo of a couple lying next to each other after a horrific motorcycle crash claimed their unborn baby has prompted an outpouring of grief and sadness - but the pair have revealed they won't let the tragedy destroy their love. 

Kendra Smith and Corey Thompson lost their unborn baby after their Harley Davidson toppled over on January 12 when it was clipped by a truck on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington in New Zealand.

The impact on the asphalt crushed Corey's arm and left his leg so badly damaged it had to be amputated.

But despite the traumatic ordeal, the couple say they plan to get married on the anniversary of the crash after Corey proposed from his hospital bed.

Kendra Smith (right) and Corey Thompson (left) lost their unborn baby after their Harley Davidson toppled over on January 12

Kendra, who was five months pregnant, ended up 200m away from Corey hunched over the wrecked bike with a litany of serious injuries.

After they were separately air-lifted to Wellington Hospital doctors performed emergency surgeries on both of them and inserted rods into Kendra's badly broken leg to save it.

Doctors say it's a miracle they survived the ordeal.

A family friend, who set up a Givealittle page for the couple, said the pair are well known in the local area for their involvement in the community.

'As a young single mum she took up the reigns of President of the Featherston Rugby Club, before meeting and falling in love with Corey,' Ritchie Wards said.

'They have been involved with outreach on the Kapiti Coast helping Māori and Pasifika youth.'

Kendra and Corey (pictured) were separately air-lifted to Wellington Hospital doctors performed emergency surgeries on both of them

Before they got together Kendra was working in retail and looking after her son, while Corey, a painter and plasterer, was taking care of his three 'beautiful daughters'.

'They are committed and amazing parents,' Mr Wards said.

'Everyone has a past, but these two have chosen to take a new road and set a good example for their children. They would do anything to help anyone in need.'

After a few days in the ICU, nurses were able to move the couple into the same room and put their beds together so they could hold hands.

In the midst of the teary reunion, Corey asked Kendra to marry him, 7NEWS reported.

Before they got together Kendra (pictured) was working in retail and looking after her son, while Corey, a painter and plasterer, was taking care of his three 'beautiful daughters'

'I know I can't get down on my knee right now but, will you marry me?' Corey said.

'There was no hesitation, he just said 'I want to spend the rest of my life with you',' Kendra said.

In a show of defiance, the loving couple plan to get married on the anniversary of the crash in 2023.

'We want to spin the event, take that trauma and turn it to a celebratory day. We nearly died together but we didn't. Instead of every year remembering the trauma of the crash, we will remember the strength of love instead,' Kendra said.

The couple are sharing their journey of recovery with regular updates on their Givealittle blog.

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