A mum has been left to raise her children alone – after her husband, aged just 34, died.
The Manchester United staff member died amid coronavirus causing delays to treatment across the country.
When Covid-19 spread throughout the UK, the appointments for Rob Wood were scrapped – or carried out over the phone.
Rob was born with Glycogen Storage Disease, a rare genetic condition that affects the way the body stores sugars, resulting in liver damage and physical disability.
Rob and wife Jenny had three kids -Caitlin, 6, and 19-month-old twins Freddie and Archie.
Our sister title the Manchester Evening News reports Rob worked in the Executive Club at Old Trafford, but his health started to deteriorate at the beginning of 2020.
He was under the care of several hospitals in Manchester, London and Birmingham.
He was placed on the transplant list in January this year but his appointments were cancelled amid lockdowns and the pandemic.
He began experiencing acute pain near his liver, and his family say the absence of face-to-face appointments with his specialists meant that health professionals didn’t initially recognise his symptoms were connected to his disease, which affects only a handful of people in the UK.
It was in September when his liver failed quite suddenly with what is called a burst varices.
He was at work at the time, where he looked after the club’s VIPs and sponsors, and was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was placed in intensive care.
At that point it wasn’t possible for him to have a transplant and he was placed in a medically induced coma, one which he never came out of.
He died on September 28, aged 34.
Jenny, 34, said: “Our lives have been turned upside down in the most brutal way.
“I feel like I have lost my identity overnight, having built my adult life with Rob since we were 18.
“It breaks my heart knowing that Rob is not able to see our kids changing, growing and learning new things.
“Rob was an amazing daddy, besotted with our children.
“I feel devastated for them and myself that he has been ripped from our lives.”
She added: “Caitlin had an incredibly strong bond with her daddy, she was a true daddy’s princess.
“She misses her daddy immensely and says so every day.” Because of his long-term health condition, Rob was unable to get health insurance, so Jenny’s sister Emily Peasgood has launched a fundraising campaign to give the family some financial support.
The Crowdfunder has so reached £7,000, which Emily says will ‘give the family some stability in the coming months’, but as it ‘will only support the children for a very limited time’, she hopes people will dig deep for someone who ‘spent his life caring for and helping others’.
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