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Asthma Attack Birthday Boy Dies Opening Gifts


Asthma Attack Birthday Boy Dies Opening Gifts

A boy of 12 died in his father's arms after suffering an asthma attack while opening his birthday presents.

By Martin Glazier-Macrae

Martin Glazier-Macrae collapsed after unwrapping a Lego set from his father, Duncan.

The youngster suffered an asthma attack, which triggered heart failure.

The tragedy happened just moments after he got out of bed on his 12th birthday and rushed downstairs to see if he had any gifts.

His father and aunt had clubbed together to by him the giant Lego set. Martin first complained about feeling faint after getting out of bed but then appeared to recover. He was about to open his presents and cards when he suffered a further attack and collapsed. Mr Macrae tried to revive his only child as he waited for paramedics at his home in Hathershaw, Greater Manchester, on Monday.

The ambulance crew took him to the Royal Oldham Hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Martin's aunt, Kathleen Macrae, said: 'We can't speak too highly of the paramedics and hospital staff but Duncan knew in his heart that Martin had died when he held him in his arms.'

She said the boy, whose mother Angela died when he was just three, and his father were 'inseparable'.
'Duncan was an HGV driver but gave up work to bring up Martin. There was no dividing line between them,' she added.

An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned into the death. 'The case has been passed to the coroner,' said Greater Manchester Police. Died in father's arms: Martin Glazier-Macrae was feeling poorly before attack

Reserach by Marian and Magdalene

Credit UK METRO Newspaper



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