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Birthday break ends in tragedy on the Costa del Sol

THE husband of an Irish business woman who died suddenly while celebrating her 70th birthday in Malaga, has described her as his ‘soul mate for a lifetime’.

Freda and Bryan Wilson, director and manager of building and civil engineering firm GF Wilson, in County Tyrone, had been in Spain just two days when she suffered a bleed on the brain.

The mother-of-three was hospitalised in Malaga on September 15, but never recovered and died on October 2.

Mr Wilson stayed at her bedside throughout, with their children taking it in turns to fly out.

He told an Irish newspaper that his wife was his ‘soulmate for a lifetime and was very interested in the church’. She also loved spending time with her two grandchildren, as well as being an avid gardener.

Mr Wilson said his wife was in ‘perfect health’ when they arrived in Spain. He explained they went for a walk on September 14, spent an afternoon in the pool on Saturday, and that evening Mrs Wilson became unwell.

Her devastated husband said ‘she got a bleed on her brain and it became too complicated’.

The former teacher, originally from Ballybofey, was treated in a specialist unit where her heart reportedly stopped six times, before her ‘brain became too damaged and she died’.

The family were forced to use three separate airlines to get Mrs Wilson’s body back to Belfast. A funeral was due to be held in Newtownstewart on Tuesday.


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