'I never thought I'd be widowed at 35 with two kids' - family's devastation as pro golfer dies from shock illness
A YOUNG family has been left devastated after a much-loved father-of-two passed away suddenly earlier this year.
Liam Duggan (37), originally from Ardagh but living in Co Kerry, passed away on May 9 after a shock illness.
The pro-golfer was at home with his wife Catherine (35) and their two young kids Jack (4) and Amelia (18 months) when he began to feel unwell.
"He started vomiting on March 17 and he didn't stop until the following morning. I called South Doc to come out and they said if he didn't start to improve to call an ambulance," Catherine Duggan told Independent.ie.
"He wasn't any better by the morning so I called an ambulance and they rushed Liam to hospital. He was really dehydrated and at first they thought he had a tumour.
"While that news was devastating at least I know people have survived tumours."
Liam was diagnosed with colitis and went into septic shock.
He spent three weeks in Tralee hospital and began to feel well enough to go home.
Ten days later, tragedy struck and Liam was rushed back to hospital where his kidneys started to fail.
"He had improved so I thought he would get through it, but he didn't."
The father-of-two died on May 9, leaving behind his devastated wife and children.
"I never thought at 35 I would be a widow with two kids. It's absolutely devastating."
Catherine added that the illness shocked the whole family as the pro-golfer was very active.
"We have two young kids ourselves. Jack is finding it very hard but Amelia is too young to know what is happening. Three months on, I'm struggling to accept it."
As Liam was self-employed, the family are now struggling to meet their everyday costs.
"We no longer have money coming into the house. I've the rent to pay, bills and everyday expenses. My sister set up a fundraising page for us to help with some of the costs. Even the little things in life are so expensive.
"If anyone has anything to spare we'd appreciate it."
Catherine praised the public for rallying around her.
"They've all been a tremendous support and people have been so kind.
"Everyday is hard but I just need to get on with it because the kids need breakfast. I have to keep going for the kids.
"Liam was a wonderful husband and father and we're all devastated without him. I'm glad I have the kids to keep me going."
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