Mum dies days after saying she was ‘on the mend’ from chest bug

A doting mum has died two days after telling her family she was "on the mend" from a chest infection.

Donna Blank, from Swansea, died from a mystery illness despite telling her family she was feeling better minutes before she collapsed, Wales Live reports.

Heartbroken Andrew Blank, 44, has been left haunted by the traumatic death of wife Donna, 40, who suddenly keeled over in their home last Thursday.

For days she had been taking antibiotics for what had been diagnosed as a simple chest infection.

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Just moments before Donna had claimed to be on the mend after two days battling illness.

The cause of her death remains unknown though the family suspect she was suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Ben, 10, and Samantha, 12, watched on in horror as Andrew desperately tried to save their stricken mum with CPR on the bedroom floor.

Now he says he must "stay strong" for their four children – but admits being haunted by his wife's death.
He said: "I'm hurting like hell, but trying my best to not let the kids see it.
"I've got to stay strong for them and be the dad they need me to be.
"I try not break down in front of them, but when they've gone to bed I just sit out in the garden and cry my eyes out.
"I hate going to bed every night. Every time I go in that room I see Donna lying on the floor.
"I'd happily swap with her any day of the week, I wish I could take her place so the kids can grow up with their mum.
"But I wouldn't want her to have this pain. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."

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Andrew added: "Telling the kids she didn't make it was the hardest thing I've ever done.
"They were all in the living room and I got as far as 'mummy's in heaven' before I started bawling my eyes out.
"My stepdad had to step in and say it because I just couldn't.
"Her birthday would have been next Monday, she was about to turn 41. It's our 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday as well.
"She had her whole life ahead of her and now she's gone – we didn't even get a chance to say goodbye.

"I miss her so much. She was an incredible mum. She was just a brilliant, brilliant person. I just don't know what I'm going to do without her."

A GoFundMe page to cover grief counselling and funeral expenses has already raised £927 in less than a week.
Andrew added: "The community have really rallied around me and the kids. We've had food bought for us, we've had hampers, people have donated to the GoFundMe.
"I didn't realise how well-liked she was around here until she passed – I hope she knew. That would give me some comfort."

You can donate to the GoFundMe page here