My ‘gentle giant’ husband collapsed and died in my arms just months before we planned to start a family

Dad-of-two Karl Swales, 39, died a week last Monday in the doorway of Redcar Primary Care Hospital in South Tees.

The "gentle giant" had been suffering with the flu ahead of his collapse and, having called 111, had been advised to go to hospital.

Tests revealed he died on a blood clot to the lung, Teeside Live reported.

His wife Steph Swales, 33, from Loftus, North Yorkshire, told how they were planning to have more children together this year – something he was "excited" about.

She told Teeside Live:  "I was carrying him in because he said he felt faint, I had him held up."

She continued: "As he went to sit down he collapsed and that was it, he never got up.

"All the doctors ran out and they were doing CPR with him, I was with him the whole time."

She said he "worshipped the group I walked on", adding: "He was just my big soppy man bear."

Steph revealed how Karl proposed two-and-a-half years ago on Valentine's Day while on holiday in Italy, having been a couple for six months.

They met in the pub and married in St Nicholas Church, Guisborough, in August 2017.

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