Shocked family's struggle after Swansea dad's sudden death of suspected Measles
THE mother of a Swansea man who was suffering from measles when he died has told how his family are struggling to come to terms with his death.
The body of Gareth Colfer-Williams, a dad of one, was discovered by a relative at his home on Port Tennant Road on Thursday morning.
Tests have revealed he was suffering from measles, but Public Health Wales has said further investigations are under way to determine his exact cause of death.
His mother, Angela Colfer, said: "He was a wonderful son and a wonderful father, uncle and brother.
"He was covered in a rash, and what with the measles epidemic in Swansea we wanted to get him to hospital.
"He had spots everywhere except along his arm. I took him to the out-of-hours GP because he was so unwell.
"He had been in Morriston Hospital for five or six days before he was sent home."
The former Morriston Comprehensive pupil, who had five sisters, had other health problems, including asthma.
The 25-year-old was father to 3-year-old daughter Dakota, and partner to Cairo.
Mrs Colfer said: "They are having a terrible time. They are devastated.
"He was a wonderful father."
A post mortem was carried out yesterday on the body of Mr Colfer-Williams, who was originally from Morriston.
His landlord Dave Simpson said: "I didn't know him very well, but he seemed lovely, as does his partner."
One nearby shop worker, who didn't wish to be named, said: "One of the customers came in on Friday morning and told us.
"We are a very close-knit community around here and you don't expect something like this, it is a real shock.
"We have obviously heard about it on the news and it is very worrying.
"It's terrible, you do not think at that age, 25, you would come down with measles."
St Thomas councillor Clive Lloyd, whose ward includes Port Tennant, said: "I am absolutely shocked. My initial thoughts are with the family, and I am devastated for them."
A South Wales Police spokesman said: "We are investigating the sudden and unexplained death of a 25-year-old man whose body was discovered in Port Tennant, Swansea, on Thursday, April 18.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious.
"The next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed."
ABMU’s Director of Public Health, Sara Hayes, added: "I would like to extend sincere sympathies to the family of this patient over this sad loss.
"We would like to clarify that this patient was not admitted to Morriston Hospital with measles".