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