‘Dad dies just hours before son’s birth’
On Facebook and on Twitter, I’ve posted links to some pretty gruesome news articles. Always of different things – people getting slaughtered, animals getting slaughtered, etc., but I would have to say that when I came across this article, it exceeded all levels of grisliness for me.
A British man hours away from becoming a new father dropped dead in the maternity ward as his fiancée went into labour.
Dave Robertson, 21, was said to be “immensely excited” about the impending arrival when he collapsed suddenly at the hospital in Swindon, west England, on August 7.
Doctors were unable to resuscitate Mr Robertson and he died a short time later.
A post-mortem failed to determine the cause of death.
Mr Robertson’s fiancée Sharon Phillips gave birth to a healthy boy, Sam, just 10 hours after the call centre worker was pronounced dead.
The man’s grief-stricken father Ken Robertson said his son had taken joy in picking out toys and clothes for the baby before the birth.
“He was a big lad known as ‘Big Dave’ and had no health problems … he was very much a gentle giant,” Ken Robertson told the Swindon Advertiser.
“He was immensely excited about becoming a new dad.”
Friends have paid tribute to popular call centre worker in a Facebook group titled “RIP Dave Robertson”.
Ms Phillips was among those who posted messages on the site.
“I miss you so much, can’t believe how much Sam looks like you, I love you so much,” she wrote.
“Let’s hope our boy touches as many lives as you have, it’s not fair, God only takes the best.”
When I have a baby with my future husband, it would make me extremely ecstatic if he were more excited about becoming a father than I would be about becoming a mother, but not to the point where he collapses in the waiting room when I’ve gone into labour.
– “Keep moving forward.” – Walt Disney