A YOUNG man died in his father’s arms just hours after walking out of a hospital.
Paul Andrew Fisher, 22, of Whalley Road, Accrington, had been complaining of a swollen neck and chill-like symptoms before collapsing.
His tragic mystery death occurred on his dad’s birthday.
Dad Paul Fisher senior said: "He had had a chill for a couple of days and had complained of a headache. The day before his death his neck was a bit swollen so we rang for an ambulance.
"They came out and said his heart rate and blood pressure were a little high and he seemed panicky. He always got like that when he was ill."
After waiting for over an hour at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Paul started to relax a little and told his dad that he’d make an appointment to see the doctor in the morning.
The pair returned to Paul’s grandma’s house on Oakdene Avenue, Huncoat, in a taxi.
His dad said: "We got back at about 10.30pm and watched a film and had a laugh. I went to bed but at about 3.30 on the Tuesday morning, my birthday, I was woken up by Paul shouting: ‘Dad, I can’t breathe’.
"I ran onto the landing and I saw him take his last breath. He just collapsed and died in my arms. I held his hand but he had already gone. In a matter of three hours he had gone from laughing and joking to being dead."
Paramedics were called but they were unable to revive him.
The former Benjamin Hargreaves, Moorhead and Hollins pupil had qualified as a mechanic and had previously worked at ATS in Bury for a number of years.
The Manchester United fan was the captain of two pool teams at the Swan and the Castle in Accrington, where they have named a trophy in his memory.
He had previously played for Lancashire and was known as "The Hustler".
He has two sons, Corey, two, and Bailey, three, with his ex-partner Rachael Nelson.
His mum Susan Ward, 52, of Stratford Way, Accrington, said: "He and his dad were best friends and I’m glad he was with his father and not on his own when he died. He was the best son anyone could wish for. He was an angel in disguise and everyone loved him.
"The doctors don’t know what happened to him. For the last year he had been complaining of a sore throat. He had been to the doctor’s and the hospital. Apart from that he was as fit as a fiddle. I can’t understand it."
An inquest is expected to be held as the post-mortem examination failed to find a cause of death.
Paul also leaves a sister Alana, grandparents Yvonne and Leonard Ward and Doreen McDonaugh and many other family members.
His funeral will be held today (Friday) when the Rev Ken Fitzsimmons will conduct a service before burial at Accrington Cemetery. Hyndburn Funeral Services are conducting the arrangements.