David was born 3 months premature and obviously spent a lot of time in Aberdeen's Sick Kids Intensive Care Unit. Unfortunately, due to a lack of oxygen, David developed a clot and suffered a major brain hemorrhage thus resulting in Cerebral Palsy. Mum told me that she and Dad didn't become aware of David's condition until noticing that he wasn't doing the normal things babies begin to do, like support their own heads.
David had a great sense of humour, always a smile on his face. To friends I would describe his case of Cerebral Palsy as stuck in a body that didn't work. He couldn't walk or talk, use his arms etc but he could understand everything going on and was quick witted. David was a skinny wee thing but he could eat like a horse, he loved his food. Food was one of the biggest enjoyments in life for him. Chocolate Dave he got nick-named at school, he couldn't get enough of the stuff. David also loved going out for a Sunday drive with my Dad, even better when Dad put his foot down and the radio was blasting. Food, Cars and Music were his passion but most of all he loved his family and was involved in everything we did.
Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him instantly loved him.
David developed a severe case of Epilepsy when he was 15 and struggled with that until he was 21. Then on the evening of 2nd October 2006, David took a fit and sadly, he didn't come through it. He had a couple of bad days leading up to this and his body just wasn't strong enough to pull through. He died in my arms.
My first born, Shaye, was only 4 weeks old and I felt completely robbed that my brother wouldn't see him grow up and Shaye wouldn't know his Uncle. I have since had two children and the memory of David lives strong in our house, my children are very aware of their Uncle who they never knew. But as they grow up they will know what an inspirational young man he really was.
If I had known that day would have been my last, I would have said so much. I am glad I said I love you. I encourage you all to tell the ones you love each day. It is so important.