As news breaks about the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, this Perth mum shares the reasons why she’s fighting to keep her husband’s face in our minds, and the eerie conversation he had just before he left.
It’s been almost two weeks since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared. Behind the packed media conferences and conspiracy theories is a woman desperate to know where her husband is.
Paul Weeks was leaving his family to start a dream job in Mongolia that would see him separated from his wife and two young boys for four weeks. In the days leading up to his departure, the family were together every second. The devoted dad took his older son Lincoln to the zoo, he hosted a family dinner for his mum and brother and spent every single moment bonding with his boys, painting the house and telling his family how much he loved them.
But it's a conversation the couple had just before New Year's Eve that is haunting Danica Weeks the most.
Paul and Danica were involved in a serious car accident not far from their home at the end of last year. "The crash was a massive wake-up call,” she told Perth Now. The couple had barely survived a New Zealand earthquake before relocating to Perth. The car accident was their second brush with death. “After that we decided to sort our wills.
“He asked me how I would bring up the kids without him. I said, ‘no I don’t want to do that’, but then he said I had to. He said, ‘I need to tell you my wishes’, and so I told him mine. I’m glad we had that talk.”
His secret wish was that she would keep him alive. He wanted to his boys to know him, to be reminded of how much he loved them and to remember the times they'd shared together.