The Dominion Post

Mum’s death: Dad left to raise twins on own

- BEN HEATHER

‘Everything was normal one moment, and then it wasn’t.’

THEY had a new family and were meant to be starting a new life.

Instead, Brett Wooffindin woke up in the night to find his wife dead beside him.

He is now a single dad, caring for 10-month-old twin boys alone, facing a move to a new town without the woman with whom he was planning to spend his life.

Nadine Wooffindin, 28, died on January 23 in Palmerston North, while the couple were staying with her parents. Wooffindin said he had no idea what caused his fit and healthy wife to die.

‘‘I woke up at 2am and there was no response from her, no breathing, nothing. Everything was normal one moment, and then it wasn’t.’’

She had not been in hospital recently and there was nothing at the time of her death to suggest why she had died.

‘‘There are a lot of questions in

Brett Wooffindin

my head about what happened.’’

Police confirmed yesterday that Nadine’s death had been referred to the coroner and was not being treated as suspicious.

Nadine was an oncology nurse at Wellington Hospital before twins Max and Jack were born last April. Wooffindin said she was a warm person, who made friends wherever she went. ‘‘She looked after a lot of people in dire situations. She was just a really caring person.’’

The Wellington couple met at Toast Martinboro­ugh in 2011, quickly moved in together and became engaged. Their twins were born nine

 ?? Photos: BILLIE BROOK ?? Happy together: Wellington couple Nadine and Brett Wooffindin with their twin boys, Jack, left, and Max.
Photos: BILLIE BROOK Happy together: Wellington couple Nadine and Brett Wooffindin with their twin boys, Jack, left, and Max.
 ??  ?? Dearly missed: Wellington cancer nurse Nadine Wooffindin died in the night, leaving behind a husband and two baby sons. weeks premature and, after the couple got married in November, they decided to move to Masterton.
‘‘We just decided we wanted to be...
Dearly missed: Wellington cancer nurse Nadine Wooffindin died in the night, leaving behind a husband and two baby sons. weeks premature and, after the couple got married in November, they decided to move to Masterton. ‘‘We just decided we wanted to be...

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