The quiet man was known as Paul Smith. “He would go to work, come home, watch soccer, drink his tea and a couple of cans of Coors Light,” says Megan Smith, 22, his daughter. That was his life.”That was his life.”I couldn’t have asked for a better father. Above all, he placed being a father.”I couldn’t have asked for a better father. He put being a father above everything.” Together, they took vacations. “We enjoyed each other’s company,” says Megan. Paul and Marie, the mother of Megan, were going to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in September. “My mom always joked that my dad and I conspired against her when I was born,” Megan says. Dad used to taunt her. He’d say,’ We’re going to put your mom in a house when I’m older and I’m going to come and live with you.'”Dad used to tease her. He’d say, ‘When I’m older, we’ll put your mom in a home and I’ll come and live with you.'”
Marie, a volunteer police officer, was a professional who served at the end of Anfield Stadium’s Kop.
Liverpool FC is a family affair, with Megan currently working and giving tours for the club.
Paul was employed as a cashier at a nearby cash-and-carry at the time of his death. “He really only worked at the club for pocket money,” Megan says. “When he retired from the club, he wanted to sit down and enjoy the game. “As a result of a perforated eardrum that occurred during a family holiday in Turkey, he was partly deaf in one ear. ‘I dunked him so many times in the water that he got an ear infection,’ says Megan.
As a consequence, the TV was going so loud for Paul that Megan would sometimes email him and ask him to turn it down. “I’d say, ‘Dad, remember the neighbors!’ He’d reply, ‘Sorry, honey.'” Paul started feeling unwell on April 1. He had a cough and he was feeling lethargic.
Megan called 111, who told Paul to isolate himself from the rest of the family in a separate room.
Paul advised Marie to call an ambulance in the early morning hours of April 5, because he was unable to breathe. He was transported to the hospital. We thought he would be fine even then. He never got sick. We thought he’d pull through,”Even then, we thought he would be fine. He never got sick. We thought he would pull through,”
He had to be placed on a ventilator by physicians.
In order to speak to her father, Marie woke Megan up. “He told me that he was so proud of me, of how I treated it. When he talked, he couldn’t look at me.
It was then that I realized he was worried.
I told him that he’d be able to relax on the ventilator, and it would support him.
I said, ‘Dad, God bless you,’ and he said it back again.
“He survived on the ventilator until April 23, when Megan and Marie were called by doctors at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and told them to come in because Paul was dying. “I was terrified,” says Megan. “I didn’t know what to expect.
I went to an ITU ward and it was crowded.” Staff told Megan not to look left or right as they led her to Paul’s bed, but she looked anyway. “They were trying to close the curtains as quickly as they could,” Megan says. “I was not the only one who lost a parent that day. Megan is immensely grateful to the hospital staff for letting her say goodbye. “Megan is enormously grateful to the hospital staff for letting her say goodbye. ” she says. ” she says. ”
I thank God that these doctors and nurses made it possible for us.” Megan couldn’t bear to watch her father die, so after saying goodbye, she left him with Marie and went to a waiting room. “A doctor came to tell me that my dad had died, and as I cried, a nurse took me in her arms.
Those doctors and nurses, I’ll never forget. “She is trying to adjust to life without her beloved father by her side. “When I had children and got married, I still planned to have my dad with me,” Megan says. “I can’t believe he’s not going to be around.
But he gave me so much love and affection in the 21 years I’ve had my dad in my life, that it’s going to last a lifetime.