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Ex-Coast resident reveals terror of the Sydney siege

Harriette said her last moments in front of the gunman were filled with appreciation for being able to experience the joy of being pregnant.
Harriette said her last moments in front of the gunman were filled with appreciation for being able to experience the joy of being pregnant. 60 Minutes

SECRETLY pregnant while held hostage by crazed gunman Man Haron Monis, Harriette Denny recounts how she had a lot more to lose than her own life in the Sydney siege that shook the nation.

The former Sunshine Coast resident is one of eight survivors who will tell their story tonight on 60 Minutes of the terror inside the Martin Place cafe.

Harriette, a 30-year-old barista, wipes away tears in the Channel 9 promotional trailer as she recounts the terrifying hours inside the cafe in the heart of Sydney.

Talking to reporter Liz Hayes, she revealed she was 14 weeks pregnant when Monis stormed the building.

Harriette shares her fear of dying during the siege, which led to the death of her boss, Tori Johnson, and fellow hostage and barrister Katrina Dawson.

Harriette said her last moments in front of the gunman were filled with appreciation for being able to experience the joy of being pregnant.

"I was very grateful I was able to experience the pure love and happiness of being pregnant," she said.

"At that time I remember thinking, if he shoots me, as long as I don't feel it or see it coming, I'd be okay with that."

DAY THAT SHOCKED THE NATION: A panicked hostage runs to tactical response officers after escaping from the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney.
DAY THAT SHOCKED THE NATION: A panicked hostage runs to tactical response officers after escaping from the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney. Rob Griffithap

She tells her colleague, Fiona Ma, about the pregnancy while they are on one of their monitored toilet breaks during the terrifying ordeal.

"It was a good moment in a bad day," Fiona told Hayes.

Harriette worked at Augello's Restaurant on the Mooloolaba Esplanade for five years before she moved to Sydney in early 2013.

Billed as a true representation of terror, retribution, courage, tragedy, salvation, guilt and reunion, the special segment shines light on just what happened to the terrified hostages inside the cafe.

The terrifying moment when Monis opened fire in a roomful of hostages in the Lindt cafe has been recreated by actors.

Channel 7 has also compiled a special report for the same time tonight.

Seven's program The Siege, which will air at 6pm, includes interviews with hostages as well as unseen exclusive footage.

There is speculation that Nine and Seven have paid a six-figure sum each for their stories.

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