A heartbroken mother-of-two has revealed how she awoke to find her partner dead in bed – and her two young children were with her at the time.
Damien Jones, 30, had uttered his final words – I love you – to Amelia Louise Townson, 29, the night before after going to bed around 1:30am.
However, Amelia has shared details of the tragic moment she woke the next morning to find the father of David-Lloyd, five, and Esme-Rose, three, had passed away in the night.
Damien Jones, 30, from Wrexham, died suddenly after going to bed as normal with partner Amelia Louise Townson last Tuesday
Amelia awoke to find Damien ‘blue in the face’ as she tried to perform CPR with the couple’s children David-Lloyd, five, and Esme-Rose, three, watching
Amelia is awaiting a post-mortem into the tragedy and says Damien, who was epileptic, had been to A&E days earlier with breathing problems
After seeing that Damien was ‘blue in the face’, Amelia says she desperately tried to carry out CPR as the couple’s children watched on in horror.
Emergency services rushed to the scene in Wrexham, North Wales, but Damien was pronounced dead.
Epilepsy sufferer Damien had gone to the emergency department at Wrexham Maelor Hospital just days earlier after suffering with breathing difficulties.
However, he had a negative Covid test and doctors put his breathing issues down to muscle soreness.
Amelia says she’ll never forget the couple’s last conversation, saying: ‘His last words he spoke to me were ‘I love you’ at 1.30am on Tuesday – they will stay with me forever.
Last words: Damien told Amelia ‘I love you’ before going to bed around 1:30am on Tuesday night; they were his last words
WHAT IS EPILEPSY?
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and leaves patients at risk of seizures. Around one in 100 people in the UK have epilepsy, Epilepsy Action statistics reveal.
Epilepsy can be brought on at any age by a stroke, brain infection, head injury or problems at birth that lead to lack of oxygen. But in more than half of cases, a cause is never found.
Anti-epileptic drugs do not cure the condition but help to stop or reduce seizures. If these do not work, brain surgery can be effective.
She added that the grief had left her struggling to function, explaining: ‘I just feel numb at the moment, it doesn’t seem real.
‘I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning but I have our two children who depend on me. I need to stay strong for them.’
Amelia said the family is now waiting on the outcome of post-mortem examination to find the cause of Damien’s death.
Amelia said: ‘He just had the biggest heart and was so bubbly and laid back.
‘He was an absolutely wonderful dad, especially to David-Lloyd who’s autistic – Damien was his hero, their bond was so special.’
A GoFundMe page has set up by family friend Samantha Davies to support the family to help with the funeral costs.
Amelia added: ‘Damien was loved by so many people, and his heart had room for everyone.
‘My friend Samantha started the fundraiser and I can’t thank everyone enough for their donations and messages they’ve sent me over the past few days.
A GoFundMe page has now been set up by family friend Samantha Davies to help support the family to help with Damien’s funeral costs
Damien’s family released balloons into the sky in his memory ahead of his funeral this week
‘David-Lloyd and Esme-Rose are all I have left of him and the fundraiser will ensure Damien gets the send-off that he fully deserves.’
The crowd-funding campaign has so far raised over £1,600 and will go towards paying for his funeral with a white horse and carriage.
Damien’s family, friends and workmates have already gathered for a balloon release in his memory.
Amelia added: ‘Me and the kids said, ‘Rest in peace. We love you Daddy’, then my little boy let the balloons off.’