1. Family grieve dad who died suddenly after a sneezing fit.
The 34-year-old Hunter Valley man was in the kitchen, while his wife and 18-month-old son Travis gardened outside when he had a sudden sneezing fit and lost consciousness. He couldn’t be revived.
His wife Belinda told Nine News that at first, she didn’t realise anything was wrong when she heard Paul sneezing repeatedly.
“This was normal for him. It was a running joke if he sneezed he didn’t just sneeze once, he sneezed 20 times in a row. That was just him.”
And when Belinda and her son immediately went to go inside to greet their husband and dad, Belinda still wasn’t concerned to see him lying on the floor, thinking he was joking around, and “fake snoring”.
Once inside, she realised something was very wrong and phoned Triple Zero while performing CPR on him. Paramedics also attempted to revive Paul, but they could not.
Although Paul’s cause of death had not been determined, initial autopsy results show he had faulty aortic valve in his heart, and the healthy-seeming man had actually developed emphysema.
Belinda described her husband as a “great dad”, who was patient and understanding with their son. She said his many friends had been sharing “crazy hilarious stories” with her since his passing.
Paul did not have life insurance. Concerned friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help Belinda, who will struggle financially without his income.