Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Would Much Rather Have Met Him and Lost Him Than Never Have Known Him; Dad-to-Be Killed by Heart Condition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Would Much Rather Have Met Him and Lost Him Than Never Have Known Him; Dad-to-Be Killed by Heart Condition

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Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY

OVERCOME by grief, heartbroken Louise Selby can barely find the strength to eat or sleep.

But the mum-to-be is desperately trying to carry on for the sake of her unborn child.

The baby she has been carrying for six months is all the more precious to Louise after boyfriend Gary Baldwin died suddenly of an undetected heart condition on New Year's Eve. He was 24.

Struggling to come to terms with the shock of losing the love of her life, Louise is now facing life as a single mum.

The 23 year-old said: "Even though he never saw his baby, he was already a good dad.

"He never missed a hospital appointment and he would put his head on my stomach every night to listen to the baby. He was just the best.

"I really don't know how I'm going to do anything without him, but I would much rather have met him and lost him than never have known him."

Louise and Gary fell for each other as soon as they met.

"We just hit it off straight away and from then on we were inseparable," she said.

"He was really excited about being a dad.

"He was the only person I have ever loved. It was hard not to love him," said Louise.

"He was so funny, you couldn't help but smile when you were with him. He could always make me laugh."

As they looked forward to the birth of their child, the couple had no idea that a tumour was developing on Gary's heart.

Gary, from Mount Pleasant, Gateshead, had undergone surgery at the age of two to correct a heart problem and had suffered no further problems.

He had been given a cleanbill of health at all his annual check-ups.

But the apprentice baker, who worked at Tesco, suddenly began suffering from chest pains while he was at the Travellers Rest pub, in Gateshead, with his cousins and brother He was taken to the Accident and Emergency department at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital and his mum, Denise, 47, rushed to his bedside, along with Louise.

Denise said: "His heart was racing and by the time I got there they had given him an injection to slow it down, but that didn't work.

"Then they said they would have to sedate him and that's when he died. …

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