PRE­SEN­TER TELLS OF ‘IN­DE­SCRIB­ABLE PAIN’ AFTER WIFE’S DEATH

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CHRIS KITCHING news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

THE wife of Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Si­mon Thomas has died – just a few days after she was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia. Gemma Thomas be­gan to feel un­well last week­end and vis­ited her GP.

De­spite re­turn­ing twice more and be­ing given med­i­ca­tion, her con­di­tion didn’t im­prove and she was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal. There she was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia – a rare and ag­gres­sive can­cer of the white blood cells.

Her hus­band and Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Si­mon Thomas has re­vealed that, just three days after that di­ag­no­sis, his 40-year-old wife has died.

“She felt very un­well last week­end and we took her to the doc­tor’s three times, but each time they didn’t seem con­cerned,” said Si­mon, who first broke the tragic news on Twit­ter ear­lier yes­ter­day.

“They just said to rest, but on Mon­day we took her to the Royal Berk­shire Hos­pi­tal in Read­ing.

“After lots of tests they di­ag­nosed her with blood can­cer, but they didn’t know what. A few hours later we were rushed to Churchill Hos­pi­tal in Ox­ford – an in­cred­i­ble spe­cial­ist team. We knew that we were in one of the very best places in the coun­try.”

Fol­low­ing treat­ment, Mrs Thomas be­gan chemo­ther­apy on Tues­day evening but, after ini­tially responding well, she be­gan to de­te­ri­o­rate, the Mir­ror re­ports.

“She had bleed­ing on the brain and I was told yes­ter­day morn­ing [Fri­day] that she would be gone in a few hours.”

She died that evening with fam­ily at her bed­side. In his tweet, the for­mer Blue Pe­ter and BBC pre­sen­ter asked for those who be­lieved in prayer to “pray for my boy Ethan. 8 yrs old, pre­cious and in bits”.

He added that his son told him that what he wants more than any­thing for Christ­mas is “mummy back”.

“And I can’t help him with that,” he said.

Si­mon stressed that any­one who might be feel­ing un­well should push for a di­ag­no­sis from their GP.

“I’m not blam­ing our doc­tors here, but would say if you’re wor­ried about some­thing and you’re not get­ting an an­swer, push.”

Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Si­mon Thomas with wife Gemma

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