A 10-year-old boy is now orphaned after his mother Jill Skivington, 46 died from a heart attack and stroke just weeks after his father Gary Armstrong, 49 died after going into cardiac arrest.
The couple from Wallsend in the United Kingdom leave behind their 10-year-old autistic son as well as Jill’s two daughters Katy, 21, and Ellie, 22. Both of Jill’s daughters saw Gary as their father, even though he was not their biological dad. Gary also had two twin sons, Tom and Dean, 23.
On April 13th concerns were raised about Gary who failed to attend work. Katy and Jill’s brother Andrew attended Gary’s house where they found Gary dead on the sofa with the TV on.
Andrew, from Wallsend, said: “He had been to Jill’s, watched telly, and then he went home. The next day he didn’t turn up at work. Me and Katy went down, we had to break in, and he was dead on the settee. Jill was inconsolable, she was devastated.”
Then just four weeks later on May 1st, Jill fell ill and was rushed to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington after she suffered two blood clots. One in her heart and the other in her brain. She was transferred on to the Newcastle Freeman Hospital and finally the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) where she passed away on May 12th. The clots caused a heart attack and a catastrophic stroke.
Doctors tried everything to save Jill, they operated on her heart first by placing a stent followed by a second operation to relieve pressure on the brain, but they couldn’t save her.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise funds for Alife, Katy, and Ellie. Most of the funds raised will be to support Alfie and his special needs.