Plymouth fan pens heartfelt message to Liverpool staff after learning of his son's death during FA Cup tie at Anfield
A Plymouth Argyle fan who was notified of his son's death during his team's FA Cup tie at Anfield has thanked Liverpool staff for their help and support.
Kevin May's son, Daniel, 25, died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon at the Surrey hospital he was being treated in.
The Plymouth Argyle fan learnt of the death of his son, who was a quadriplegic, after he received a text from his daughter during the third round tie at Anfield.
In an emotional tribute to Liverpool staff who were on hand to ease his distress, Kevin May recounted the ordeal of learning of his son's death and thanked Anfield staff for their support in a heartfelt message on Facebook.
"Just as I was about to enter Anfield through the turnstiles, I received a phone call from my eldest son Terry. He told me my other son Daniel, who was in intensive care, was flat lining and was about to die," May wrote in a message posted on his Facebook page.
"Obviously I was very distraught and struggled to hear him over the noise of the crowd. I turned to face the ground to hide my tears when I noticed beside me a tall police officer, who I now know was called Graham.
"He saw how distressed I was and saw the facetime image on my phone of my youngest son in intensive care. He immediately led me into the club and into the police supervision room.
"He sat me down and spoke to me while Terry continued to keep me informed of what was happening back in Guildford hospital in Surrey.
"I calmed down with the help of these two big Scousers I'd only known for half an hour, but they were great."
May was guided to his seat when he received a text message confirming his son had died.
Unfortunately I was only at my seat a matter of minutes, maybe ten I'm not sure, when I got a text from my daughter Stacey which simply read 'He's gone'. My beautiful 25yr old son Daniel had died of cardiac arrest.
"As soon as I stepped inside the police office I crumpled in a heep on a table with my head in my arms and just completely broke down.
"I sobbed like a baby at the loss of my son and feeling of despair. Graham and the Anfield employee both put their arms around me, an Argyle fan, in a show of pure human kindness, a credit to scousers and Liverpool FC as well as Liverpool police."
May asked that his 'sincerest thanks' be passed on to the Liverpool staff who were on hand to offer the father their 'care and the kind words'.