A fun-loving father of three has died suddenly after he stopped breathing in his dentist’s chair.
Army veteran Roy Robinson had been on a routine appointment the morning of January 10 when he died.
The 48-year-old stopped breathing during a scaling and polishing, and was taken immediately to Tameside General Hospital, The Mirror reports.
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Roy was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage and was transferred to Salford Royal Hospital for specialist treatment.
However, as early as Tuesday afternoon, consultants contacted his relatives to ask them to say goodbye before declaring him brain dead the next day.
“You never know,” said his brother Kevin, from Morecambe.
“One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. Life is so fragile. It was so out of the blue.
“Anyone could have the weakness of their ships, like a ticking time bomb.
“Roy was a cheeky chappy. He would like to have a drink with his friends and laugh – he was always trying to have a good time.
“I don’t think he ever realized how many friends he had or the impact he had on people.”
A father of three adult children, Dominic, Lewis and Antonia, Roy was “very proud” of his children and what they had done with their lives – both sons having become electricians.
After serving in the army for six years previously, the avid Manchester City fan had found himself unemployed but had just qualified as a plasterer and plumber.
“He had PTSD and was a little sick,” Kevin added. “But he was trying to make a better life for himself.
“He met his girlfriend Pauline about 10 years ago and they have been together ever since. He had three adult children.
“He was so proud of them for getting their trades. He was definitely a proud dad.”
In a tragic turn of events, Pauline discovered Roy had been rushed to hospital when he failed to show up for their pre-scheduled meeting right after his date.
“She had called her cell phone for two hours with no answer before calling the dentist who told her he had had a ‘funny trick’.”
The siblings now hope to help Pauline by raising funds to pay for the costs of her funeral in Glossop.
Kevin said Roy was unable to plan his death due to his financial situation and it happened so suddenly that there was no net to fall back on.
“My brother David is putting his funeral plan in place now,” he said. “You really never know.”
In an act of kindness, Salford Royal Hospital contacted Manchester City, the team Roy had supported since childhood, to inform them of his death and his loyalty to the club.
In response, the family received a signed letter from Pep Guardiola thanking Roy for supporting the club and saying he was “sorry” they never had the chance to meet.
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