Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lee Died in My Arms, I'll Love Him Forever; Fiancee Tells of Her Heartbreak as Partner Dies on Christmas Day

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lee Died in My Arms, I'll Love Him Forever; Fiancee Tells of Her Heartbreak as Partner Dies on Christmas Day

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Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON

THEY should have been celebrating the first anniversary of their engagement, but instead her future husband died in her arms on Christmas Day.

And today Kayleigh Henderson will hold the funeral of her sweetheart as his Christmas presents remain unopened.

The pair planned to spend the rest of their lives together, but a cruel twist of fate has torn them apart.

Bus driver Lee Danielson, 33, died on Christmas Day after suffering a viral illness which attacked his major organs.

His heart stopped after his body became too weak to survive.

Today his fiancee Kayleigh cuddles Lee's 12-year-old daughter, Sharma, who he had from a previous relationship, and vows to bring her up as her own.

"We got engaged a year ago on Christmas Eve and we should have been celebrating our first anniversary," said Kayleigh, 21, of Cherry Trees, Blyth, Northumberland.

"Instead, Lee was in hospital, and the day after he died. It was Christmas Day and Lee died in my arms, I'll love him forever. We wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

"I have to be strong for Sharma and I will apply for legal guardianship. We lived as a family and the two of us will continue to be a family. Lee would have wanted that and so do I."

Lee's nightmare started at the beginning of December when he thought he was suffering from a chest infection.

He went to his doctor who diagnosed gastroenteritis. His stomach started to swell, his kidneys ached and his breathing became difficult. A week later he struggled to breathe and Kayleigh called an ambulance. Lee was taken to Wansbeck District Hospital and put into intensive care.

Eight hours later he was transferred to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital's intensive care unit where tests revealed he had a viral infection that shuts down the major organs.

He was hooked up to machines to help work his organs and medics said there would be long-term effects on his heart which could even lead to a transplant.

But a week before Christmas, Lee started to improve and doctors began to wean him off the machines to allow his organs to work by themselves. …

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