UK 'I blame an argument after a trip to the pub in Stockport for dad's stroke' last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Robert Coussell suffered a life-changing stroke after an incident in 2020
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It's an increasingly common sight. Families faced with the sudden death of a loved one, and then having to turn to their community, even strangers, for help to pay for their send off. It's a situation 28-year-old Jake Coussell finds himself in now. His dad, Robert, died a few weeks ago. He was only 55, and while his last few years were difficult, his death was unexpected. Robert liked fishing, and socialising with friends in pubs on his mobility scooter. He was a a 'big character' - a 'man with no filter'. Jake can't believe he's gone. He believes his dad's death is linked to one life-changing incident, back in 2020. READ MORE: Tragedy of 'a perfect son', 18, who died after ingesting poisonous substance bought online Jake says his dad's health deteriorated after he was punched in a row with someone else outside his home in Stockport. The alleged incident was never reported to police, and was the sort of thing Robert brushed off. But, three days later, Robert, who had three children, suffered a stroke. It was so severe he lost movement on the left side of his body and was left unable to care for himself. After he was discharged from hospital, Robert was moved from his flat into a care home. From then on, Robert needed a mobility scooter to get around and 'couldn’t do much' physically, Jake says. The loss of his mobility led to his drinking getting worse. He hadn't long returned from the pub when he fell ill last month, ending up in hospital. On July 29, Jake got the call he had been dreading. He had just one hour to get to hospital and say his final goodbyes to his father. “My head’s a mess at the minute,” the 28-year-old tells the Manchester Evening News. “I got a phone call saying I had an hour to get there. When I arrived, he had an oxygen mask and all that kind of stuff.
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Robert Coussell (Image: Jake Coussell) “He went to the pub and I got a phone call the next day saying he had been sick and was going to hospital. He had a seizure on the way in.” Robert had suffered a second stroke which caused his lungs to fill with fluid. Describing how his father's health declined in the months after he was punched, dad-of-three Jake, who also lives in Stockport, said: “It’s weird because he was there mentally but physically, he couldn’t really do much. “He was him; he had been the way he was for years. Then he gets punched and a couple of days later he was having a stroke. He was on the floor for 13 hours before I knew anything. “(After his stroke), he carried on as him. He would go everywhere on his mobility scooter but his drinking habit became worse. “He was a character; he was like a best friend really more than a father figure. I didn’t see him much growing up and then at age 30-40 I started seeing him properly. He used to go fishing a lot; he was just a laugh. He liked drinking and going to the pub. He was a man with no filter.” Jake and his family have set up a Gofundme appeal to raise money to pay for Robert's funeral, and anyone who wants to donate can do so here. “As this was so sudden and unexpected," says Jake. "I have been left in a really hard place financially, sorting his funeral out." READ NEXT: How Greater Manchester bus cuts could affect you if last ditch rescue plan fails Fears Stockport bus services could be ‘devastated’ if rescue plan fails Death notices and funeral announcements from Manchester Evening News this week ‘Heat banks’, targeted payments and anti-poverty strategies: How Greater Manchester council's plans to keep you warm this winter There's a special buzz in Stockport at the minute... and on one street in particular