A heartbroken mum has opened up about thew last words her partner spoke to her just hours before she awoke to find him dead in bed next to her.
Last week, Amelia Louise Townson, 29, rolled over to discover Damien Jones, 30, "blue in the face" and desperately carried out CPR.
The couple had gone to bed as normal the night before, with Damien saying 'I love you' to his partner at 1.30am as he fell asleep.
But tragedy struck when Amelia woke up and found Damien unresponsive as their children David-Lloyd, five, and Esme-Rose, three, watched in horror.
Emergency services rushed to the scene in Wrexham, North Wales, but the dad-of-two was tragically pronounced dead.
"His last words he spoke to me were 'I love you' at 1.30am on Tuesday - they will stay with me forever," Amelia said.
"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 a post-mortem examination to find out the cause of Damien's death.
Dad-of-two visited hospital days before death
Epilepsy sufferer Damien had gone to the emergency room at Wrexham Maelor Hospital just days earlier with breathing difficulties.
He had a negative Covid-19 test and the issues were put down to muscle soreness.
"He just had the biggest heart and was so bubbly and laid back," Amelia said.
"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 and cover funeral costs.
"Damien was loved by so many people, and his heart had room for everyone," Amelia added.
"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.
"David-Lloyd and Esme-Rose are all I have left of him and the fundraiser will ensure Damien gets the send of that he fully deserves."
It has so far raised over £2,207 (AUD$4,033).
Damien's family, friends and workmates have already gathered for a balloon release in his memory.
"Me and the kids said, 'Rest in peace. We love you Daddy', then my little boy let the balloons off," Amelia said.
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