Dad’S Heartache After Son With Cerebral Palsy Is Found Dead In River
A dad has told of his heartache after his beloved son with cerebral palsy was found dead in river what is thought to have been a tragic river accident.The body of 22-year-old Ross Anthony Irwin, who had cerebral palsy, was discovered in the River Wear in Fatfield, Washington, on Saturday.Ross, who worked at the Child Benefit Centre in Waterview Park in Washington, had been on a night out and his family believe he fell into the water.He was last seen telling friends he was going to get a taxi to Sunderland.It was on Saturday morning that Ross’s dad Dave was called by police and told a body had been found in Fatfield.Ross, of Fence Houses, had been due to have his Christmas dinner with Dave, his wife Nicola, 34, and their son Jack, 12, after spending Christmas Eve with his mum Debbie Herkes, 52.
“Opposite the River Bar down there is a gap in the fence and we think that’s where he’s gone through and slipped into the river. There’s only a small gap between the grass and the edge so he must have fallen in and hit his head.”“We had a really good time and when I dropped him off at work the next morning we were laughing because he’d left his pass. We never expected anything like this to happen. He was a loving, caring lad and he had a great sense of humour.
”Despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at two meant he walked with a waddle, former Houghton Kepier and Usworth Sixth Form pupil Ross never let the condition affect him, despite having operations when he was younger.“Ross was really looking forward to it, which makes things even harder.”Since his sudden death, well-wishers have set up a Just Giving page in his memory to offer support to his family.Police confirmed that the body of a 22-year-old man had been recovered from the River Wear, near to Fatfield Bridge, shortly after 9am on Saturday.