Nurse Matt Goodall, 26, dies at ward where he worked
A 26-YEAR-OLD nurse died on the hospital ward where he worked, two days after suffering a heart attack.
Horrified colleagues were stunned to see staff nurse Matt Goodall admitted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire's critical care unit.
The Port Vale fan had been found seriously ill by his six-year-old son, Corey, on June 4 and died on Wednesday when his life-support machine was switched off.
Matt, from Barthomley Road, Birches Head, had worked in the critical care unit for four years.
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Now his relatives have launched an appeal to raise cash for the hospital in Matt's memory.
Partner Sabrina Stephens, aged 28, who attends Stoke-on-Trent College, said: "Matt seemed absolutely fine before the attack and we had no clue anything was wrong.
"He had stayed in bed after his alarm went off and our son went to take him a cookie we had just baked for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
"He found Matt convulsing and blue in the face. I rang the ambulance straight away."
Paramedics battled for an hour to keep Matt alive before taking him to the hospital.
Sabrina, Corey's mum, added: "A lot of the hospital staff were in tears when Matt arrived, and some even requested to change wards because they couldn't cope.
"It was very upsetting for us all. He was surrounded by the people who really cared for him and that is what matters.
"We are still in shock and my son has cried himself to sleep since we told him."
Staffordshire University graduate Matt grew up with sisters Emily, aged 19, and Bethany aged 17.
His mother, Marie Williamson, described how Matt had always been popular.
The 44-year-old florist, from Birches Head, added: "He always wanted to be a nurse and it was a dream job when he was taken on."
Critical care unit modern matron Karen Eptlett said: "It had always been a pleasure to have him as part of the team.
"His caring nature and enthusiasm were evident for everyone to see. The hospital has lost a highly-dedicated nurse."
To support the family's fund-raising campaign, visit www.justgiving.com/charlene-stephens.