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Mum dies of 'broken heart' just weeks after young son and grandad's sudden death

Mirror logo Mirror 2017-12-07 Sophie Doughty
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A mum has died of a “ broken heart ” just weeks after losing her son as three members of the same family are suspected to have succumbed to the same condition. 

Ashley Tomlin is believed to have suffered the same fatal heart condition that took her 10-year-old son Jak Fada's life.

Football mad Jak, from South Shields, died in hospital on November 6, just hours after complaining of chest pains.

Medics told his devastated family he had suffered a ruptured heart artery.

Jak’s death came less than 22 hours after his great-grandfather James Tomlin passed away.

During the early hours of Monday morning his mum Ashley also lost her life.

It is suspected all three family members succumbed to the same deadly condition, and their surviving relatives are now due to be tested to see whether they are at risk.

But today Ashley’s devastated dad has told ChronicleLive how he believes his daughter died of a broken heart.

Keith Tomlin said: “It is the same as what happened to Jak. The main artery has ruptured. The coroner has said it is like a broken heart. She has been devastated since Jak died.”

Jak underwent surgery when he was just three months old after being diagnosed with a hole in his heart, and continued to have checkups at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital until he turned five.

As soon as he was able to walk the youngster would always be found with a football at his feet, and his passion for the game was inspired by his hero Alan Shearer.

Known as ‘captain’ among his team-mates, Jak played as a goalkeeper for the school team and was a regular at South Shields’ weekly training sessions.

The avid Mariners fan was a season-ticket holder who went down to Wembley with great-grandad James for the club’s famous FA Vase success in May.

Ashley was staying with her mum Jill when she died.

Jill heard her daughter go to the bathroom during the early hours of Monday.

When she went in she found Ashley having a seizure.

Jill called an ambulance, but there was nothing paramedics could do to save the 32-year-old’s life.

Following Jak’s death Ashley paid an emotional tribute to her son.

She said: “This was a total shock and out of the blue. We thought the pain in his chest might have been from losing his great-grandad. It’s ironic it was his heart because Jak had the biggest heart. He has given me the best 10 years of my life.

“Jak just had an infectious smile that lit up the room and was the centre of everyone’s universe. From the moment he could walk he would be kicking a ball. He was just a mummy’s boy.”


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