Dad reveals heartwarming way he helped son after mum's tragic death
Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has opened up about how he helped his son, Ethan, cope with the tragic death of his wife and mother of his son.
Gemma was admitted to hospital in November 2017 after complaining of headaches for three weeks. She'd been to the doctors three times in six days - but the source of the issue had not been diagnosed.
After being rushed to A&E, medics at the Royal Berks Hospital diagnosed Gemma with acute myeloid leukaemia - a rare and devastating strain of blood cancer. She was put on an intense course of chemotherapy but passed away days later.
Gemma's passing left Simon with an impossible task - tell his son, still in primary school, that his mother had died. In an interview earlier this year, he said the experience was "horrendous" and that his son "collapsed to the floor in tears," upon being told the news.
Following the death of his wife, he left inspirational notes in his son's lunchbox for the rest of the school year in a bid to make him feel more comfortable when he was away from his dad. As Ethan was terrified of losing his father after the tragic death of his mum, Simon was forced to give up work to take care of his son.
One of the heartwarming notes read: "Ethan, you're daddy's superhero. Love you, Daddy." Another said: "My boy, thank you for being my best friend. Love you so much, love Daddy."
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Simon said that the notes and grief counselling have helped the family come to terms with their loss. He said: "I just wanted to encourage him, I knew for him this was the biggest thing he was going to face, it's going to be lonely at times. Bless him, he's nine years of age, he's in year four, they're not all going to understand what it's like.
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