|Tony Cowan, whose head was ripped from his spine in a car crash, with wife Karen (Picture: NCJ Media)|
A man whose head was ripped from his spine in a car crash married his girlfriend just days before his life support was switched off. Tony Cowan suffered the horrific neck injuries when he lost control of his car in 2014 but has fought to live a normal life with his girlfriend of 12 years, Karen Dawson.
However, the 31-year-old, from Chester-le Street, decided before Christmas to switch off his ventilator after his pain became too unbearable but wanted to marry his fiancee first. Karen, 29, told Chronicle Live: ‘We got married four days before he died in hospital. It was just with family.
‘It was amazing and it was happy and sad because we knew what was coming. He always wanted to get married but we just never got round to it.’
|Tony, here with his mum, has passed away after his ventilator was switched off (Picture: Go fund me)|
The pair said their vows in Tony’s hospital room which had been decorated by staff. Their wedding had been booked for May but Tony asked to bring it forward because of the pain he was in.
After his death, he was laid to rest with the dress his bride would have worn. Karen was her husband’s full-time carer and cared for him at home until from March until December last year.
Despite his injuries Tony was determined to live as normal a life as possible. Karen added: ‘We would stay up late watching films, order takeaways. We were together all the time.
‘I just want everyone to know how proud I was of him. He was strong and determined but it was the pain in the end that took him. ‘If you were close he had the biggest heart. There was no one like him in the world.’
An inquest into his death at Crook Coroner’s Court yesterday concluded the 31-year-old died as a result of a road traffic collision.
- Metro, UK