A scaffolder killed in a freak trampoline accident was due to become a dad again in a bittersweet miracle, his partner has revealed.
Rob Harcourt, 37, from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, tripped and fell into a trampoline at his friend's house and dislocated his neck, in July.
Despite the best efforts of medics and weeks of fighting for his life, Rob had a cardiac arrest in hospital and needed surgery after fluid was found in his brain.
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The 37-year-old tragically succumbed to his "catastrophic" injury on Tuesday, August 30, leaving behind his partner Jade Higgins, 30, who is 15 weeks pregnant with their second child.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, the family are happy to announce that Rob's partner Jade Higgins, 30, is currently fifteen weeks pregnant with his second child. A bittersweet miracle, the family are excited to be able to find out the gender of the baby on September 8.
According to Rob's mum, Jackie Graves, the family 'can't wait to find out' whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, adding: "Her pregnancy has been a ray of sunshine for us. We will do everything we can to ensure that the baby has everything that Rob would have given it."
She continued: "Rob was such a huge character, even as a child. He was always climbing things and making people laugh.
"He was the most adorable chubby baby." Amanda Jones – a friend of Rob's who set up a GoFundMe page for the scaffolder's family – also paid an emotional tribute.
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She told Teesside Live: "Rob was an only child. I can't begin to imagine what Jackie is going through and Jade has lost her soulmate.
"We're all just devastated. You always think you’ve got tomorrow to do things, to say things.
"It's unimaginable that he isn't here now. Jackie played voice messages to him and I hope he heard them, I hope he knew how much people thought of him."
Jackie added: "Jade would like to thank everyone from the bottom of her heart. In our darkest times, knowing so many people care has helped tremendously."
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The popular Teesside man has been described as a "massive joker" and someone who was "clever, funny and kind" as tributes poured in following the heartbreaking news of his passing.
The hard-working scaffolder took on extra shifts to support his family during the cost of living crisis and hundreds of people have shown their support for Rob and his family.
More than £10,000 has been donated to a Go Fund Me page set up by friend Amanda Jones during this unimaginable time.
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