| 15.9°C Belfast

Close

Premium

Derry twins Aoife and Adam (3) saw beloved dad die from a massive heart attack at 29 ... now their mum wants you to send them a birthday card to help heal their grief

She fought valiantly to save her young husband Thomas's life when he collapsed at their home. The young Northern Ireland widow tells Leona O'Neill how she is now finding the strength to carry on

Close

Bronagh and Thomas Burke on their wedding day with twins Adam and Aoife

Bronagh and Thomas Burke on their wedding day with twins Adam and Aoife

Bronagh and Thomas Burke on their wedding day

Bronagh and Thomas Burke on their wedding day

Bronagh and Thomas Burke

Bronagh and Thomas Burke

Thomas with Adam

Thomas with Adam

Thomas with Aoife

Thomas with Aoife

Bronagh at the funeral of Thomas who played for Trojans football team

Bronagh at the funeral of Thomas who played for Trojans football team

Some of Bronagh’s Instagram posts dealing with her grief

Some of Bronagh’s Instagram posts dealing with her grief

Some of Bronagh’s Instagram posts dealing with her grief

Some of Bronagh’s Instagram posts dealing with her grief

Bronagh and Thomas Burke on their wedding day with twins Adam and Aoife

A young widow who battled to try to save her 29-year-old husband after he suffered a massive heart attack at their Londonderry home has asked the public for a poignant favour - to send the couple's heartbroken three-year-old twins a birthday card later this month.

Bronagh Burke's husband Thomas, a keen keep fit enthusiast, collapsed at the couple's Culmore home on April 23. Despite her frantic attempts to save him as their young children looked on in horror, Thomas sadly passed away.

In a cruel coincidence, the tragedy happened five years after Bronagh lost her own father Colm to a massive heart attack.