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'Healthy' North Wales man dies alone in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms

Daily Post 3 days ago Mari Jones
a close up of a smiling man and woman posing for the camera: Tim and Donna © Daily Post Tim and Donna

A fit and healthy North Wales man died alone at home in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms.

Tim Galley, who is understood to have had no underlying health conditions, had to remain separated from his girlfriend Donna Cuthbert after he became unwell last Sunday.

His illness started with a small tickle in his throat, that he developed after going on a stag do on Saturday.

He decided not to go into work on Monday, and started to develop a fever, heartbroken Ms Cuthbert told North Wales Live.

She had been unable to see him because he followed government advice to remain on his own.

But Ms Cuthbert said messages from him grew less frequent, and on Tuesday his body was discovered at his flat.

Mr Galley's body had to be taken away from his Wrexham flat by paramedics in protective clothing.

Donna said: "Of course I was very worried about when he developed the fever, as I was worried about the coronavirus.

"But as he wanted to protect me I couldn't go and visit him," said Ms Cuthbert, 46.

a man and a woman smiling for the camera © Daily Post

The Old Colwyn mum added: "As he was getting steadily worse I asked him to phone for an ambulance but he kept on saying to me that he was fine, that he had no underlying health conditions and that they would be too busy dealing with other people."

On Monday night she messaged her partner of four years, worrying that she wasn't going to see him for a couple of weeks because they would both have to self-isolate.

His reply was: "Don't be silly, or course you will."

Mr Galley, 47, who worked at the M&S Bank, didn't return any of Ms Cuthbert's calls after that.

She added: "On Tuesday morning I was panicking as Tim didn't return my calls. I asked his neighbour to check on him as they had a key. They found him in bed."

"Paramedics in protective clothing came, and I just can't bare the thought he was all alone."

Ms Cuthbert, who runs a wedding business, added Mr Galley was "adored by her children". 

"He just had such a massive heart and we had such a wonderful life together.

"We were supposed to be attending my daughter Danielle's wedding but that has also been cancelled because of the coronavirus.

"We went on so many holidays and had so many things planned. He was my future."

Melinda Zabritski smiling for the camera: Donna said Tim had become unwell after going on a stag do © Daily Post Donna said Tim had become unwell after going on a stag do

She added: "Tim gave me so much love happiness and amazing times.

"He was so very special to my daughter Danni, and my other children and was 'pops' to Olivia and Ariyah and won’t get to meet Ryan and Maxine’s baby." 

Ms Cuthbert said she hoped people would take coronavirus advice from the government and health professionals seriously.

She said: "Please, please will you all take the advice and stay indoors and follow the rules this virus is serious and taking our loved ones.

"I just want everyone to stay safe and stay home.

"Tim took all the precautions but still this virus got him, my heart is shattered into tiny pieces."

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