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


A HEARTBROKEN wife has revealed her husband of one-and-a-half years collapsed and died in her arms in the doorway of their local hospital.

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

Steph and Karl Swales, pictured before they married
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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.”

The couple lark about on their wedding day
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They married in 2018 in Guisborough
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He collapsed at the door to the hospital
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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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