Mother suddenly collapses and dies on holiday walk in Pembrokeshire

A young mother-of-three who was due to marry her partner of 14 years has died suddenly after collapsing during a walk on a family holiday.

Emma Rees, 35, from Barry in south Wales, was walking across a field in Pembrokeshire when she suddenly collapsed.

The higher learning teaching assistant and her family were on the fourth day of their holiday in the scenic campsite in Solva when she collapsed on August 20.

Her fiancé, Ben Fitzgerald, 37, described the build-up prior to her collapse as 'normal', when she then just 'dropped down'. 

He said: 'Some people near the campsite had attempted to give her CPR with assistance from the emergency services on the phone.

Ben Fitzgerald, 37, paid tribute to his fiance Emma Rees, 35, after she collapsed in a field in Pembrokeshire

Ben Fitzgerald, 37, paid tribute to his fiance Emma Rees, 35, after she collapsed in a field in Pembrokeshire

'The ambulance came around six to seven minutes afterwards.'

She was rushed to hospital in Haverfordwest, where medics worked on her for two hours.

Mr Fitzgerald, from Cardiff, said Ms Rees had an overactive thyroid for which she took medication, but was fit and healthy otherwise.

He has since spoken of his devastation following the passing of his 'soul mate'.  

He said: 'I was just shaking uncontrollably. I remember going to the toilet to vomit.

'We just kept the little ones away from what was going on when it happened.

'The other people in the campsite, these strangers, were amazing and took the little ones away to look after them.'

Just days earlier, while driving to west Wales, the couple were discussing their future together.

Mr Fitzgerald said the pair had got engaged a few years ago but on their way up to the campsite had discussed making plans for their big day.

The couple's children, Aneurin, seven, and Finn, five, were informed about their mother's death at the hospital. Ms Rees also

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