'Distraught' husband describes finding wife dead after she went to bed with sore shoulder
A mother-of-two who woke up one morning with a sore shoulder died suddenly after suffering a pulmonary embolism, her widower has revealed.
Richard Duffy, 38, described how he was left screaming after finding wife Clare dead.
The 41-year-old had gone back to bed for a nap after waking up with a sore shoulder, but never woke up again.
Her husband dialled emergency services but she was pronounced dead on 8 January, leaving behind him and their two heartbroken children.
"I was emotionally distraught," he told the Manchester Evening News. "I was screaming.
"I ran into my daughter’s bedroom and I was straight on the phone to emergency services. It doesn’t feel real but it all feels like a blur. It went by so quickly."
It was later found that Clare Duffy, from Little Hulton in Salford, Greater Manchester, had died from a pulmonary embolism.
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The death of the mother-of-two, who leaves behind children Harry, 16, and Alice, 15, came just weeks after her own mother Catherine also died suddenly on 19 December.
Her husband added: "It was a big shock. She had not been well for a while and was on a lot of painkillers. [Clare] spent a lot of time with her mum, she had to drive past her house to get to work so she saw her on a daily basis."
Tributes to Clare Duffy described her as a "beautiful, wonderful and bubbly" person who "everybody liked".
Her husband, who had been due to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife, said: "Everybody she met liked her. Her family was her main interest. Any spare time she spent with her daughter, son, nephews or nieces. She was very family-orientated."
He said his teenage children are struggling to come to terms with their mother's death and the family now also have two funerals to pay for.
A Gofundme appeal has been set up to help them raise some of the funds needed, wtih a description saying: "I am humbly asking for a little help so that I can give Clare and her mum the send off they deserve and I am in the process of trying to do this.
"I know Clare and Cath were both loved by so many of the people they met in their eventful lives and I am hoping to show that one more time."