Friday 19 October 2018

Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas pays touching tribute to late wife after International Women's Day

Simon Thomas with late wife Gemma
Simon Thomas with late wife Gemma
Sky Sports Presenter Simon Thomas (Mike Egerton/PA)

Lucy Mapstone

Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has paid tribute to his "kind, passionate and loving" late wife after International Women's Day.

Thomas' wife Gemma died in November, three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Sky Sports Presenter Simon Thomas (Mike Egerton/PA)
Sky Sports Presenter Simon Thomas (Mike Egerton/PA)

In the poignant post, shared the day after the annual celebration of women, Thomas tweeted a picture of Gemma kissing their son Ethan.

He wrote: "On #IWD2018 we miss this wonderful woman so much. Kind, patient, compassionate, loving and a wonderful mum.

"A woman who stood in the breach for those around her who were less fortunate than her and needed help.

"The hole she's left in our lives is immeasurable."

The former Blue Peter presenter recently told of how quickly Gemma's health deteriorated, and how he did not get to say a final goodbye to her.

"She had headaches for a few weeks," he told ITV's This Morning.

Simon Thomas with son Ethan
Simon Thomas with son Ethan

He revealed that he and Gemma went for a joint appointment, because he was seeking more medication for his depression, but that by the next Friday, "she was really quite bad" and that she was in bed most of the time.

After another visit to the doctor, with "fluey" symptoms, she spent the rest of the weekend in bed, and was admitted to hospital on the Monday.

Thomas said: "On the Monday night at the Royal Berkshire (Hospital)... I fainted. We knew it was a blood cancer of some sort, it's a leukaemia of some sort... we thought we are probably OK, people get better from this.

"It all cartwheeled quite quickly."

His wife was given a 50/50 chance of survival and underwent chemotherapy, but during the night, Thomas said she "became more and more confused".

"I put her back into bed at about 4.30. That was the last time I spoke to her."

He added: "I thought she was going to sleep but as I found out she was falling unconscious and I never had the chance to even say goodbye."

Acute myeloid leukaemia is a type of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow.

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