Miracle triplets have ‘lost their daddy’ left brain damaged in crash and may need 24-7 care for rest of life, says wife

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MIRACLE triplets have "lost their daddy" who was left brain damaged in a crash and may need 24-7 care for the rest of his life, his heartbroken wife said.

PC Matt Midwinter, 33, suffered life-changing injuries when his police car smashed into a truck turning on an A-road late at night.

Matt Midwinter, 33, suffered life-changing brain injuries in a horror crash late at night

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Matt Midwinter, 33, suffered life-changing brain injuries in a horror crash late at nightCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

PC Midwinter was in a coma for eight months and now needs round-the-clock care

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PC Midwinter was in a coma for eight months and now needs round-the-clock careCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

The cop's wife Claire has spoken of her heartbreak that he can't remember key events, including their wedding day

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The cop's wife Claire has spoken of her heartbreak that he can't remember key events, including their wedding dayCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

The dad was on his last night shift as a frontline officer - after deciding to take up a new role so he could spend more time with wife Claire and their toddler triplets Ella, Aria and Tamara.

The little girls, now three, had been born just 16 months earlier after a second round of IVF treatment.

However, Matt now requires round-the-clock care and must live apart from his family as a result of the horrific smash on the A4 in Reading, Berkshire.

But Claire, 37, says she hopes one day her 'strong-willed, intelligent' husband "might one day walk through the door of our family home and live here again".

FAMILY'S HEARTBREAK

She told The Sun: "He lives in a house with his carer full time so he can have a degree of independence.

“The amount of care he needs at the moment is likely to continue for at least five years.

"At the moment I cannot imagine him being able to live at home with me and the girls, because the girls need to live in in an environment where they can be cared for, and Matt needs an environment where he can be cared for."

He has lost all his memories of their wedding day and the birth of their triplets.

Lorry driver Andrei Stan was jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing the crash.

Claire, who also serves with her husband for Thames Valley Police, said the tragedy has left Matt without any recollection of key events from his life - including their wedding day in June 2016.

The driver of the lorry denied dangerous driving - and said he'd carry out the manoeuvre again

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The driver of the lorry denied dangerous driving - and said he'd carry out the manoeuvre again

But now he's forced to live away from his wife and little girls

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But now he's forced to live away from his wife and little girlsCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

She said: “He has right frontal lobe damage to the brain which means that he has slow processing speeds.

"He struggles with making decisions and he has memory loss – short and long term.

“He needs 24-hour care, seven days a week, and that is likely to be lifelong."

She said the couple have been together for 11 years - but Matt remembers little of it.

“He has no memory of past events. He cannot remember our wedding day, our honeymoon, our children being born - it’s all gone from his memory," she said.

“He tries to remember but it makes him frustrated. It is torture for him not to be able to remember these massive events."

Claire said 11 years of memories were wiped out when Matt's patrol car hit a lorry as it did a U-turn on a foggy A-road late at night

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Claire said 11 years of memories were wiped out when Matt's patrol car hit a lorry as it did a U-turn on a foggy A-road late at nightCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

Her husband had been a strong, principled cop who loved his job, she said

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Her husband had been a strong, principled cop who loved his job, she said

Matt and Claire's little girls were just over a year old when he was hurt

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Matt and Claire's little girls were just over a year old when he was hurtCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

And she said the impact of the devastating crash is "heartbreaking".

"I’ve done all these things with my best friend for 11 years. We visited beautiful, wonderful countries and we had a good life," she said.

“It’s sad because you do these things together to share good times with someone you love, but now I feel like I did it all on my own.

"I’ve got no one to share those special memories with."

Claire said forgetting has been "tortuous" for her husband - and while he knows she is his wife and the triplets are his daughters, he tires quickly.

“The priority at the moment is trying to build a relationship with the girls," she said.

“We wanted children even more than we wanted to get married. We got married in June, came back from the honeymoon and within three weeks we started our IVF."

And Matt was a "natural father" from the beginning, she said.

“When the girls were born, Matt took to it far, far better than I did," she said.

"He was feeding, changing, washing and bathing, he was a natural father in those early days, whereas I struggled more."

The couple decided Matt would leave frontline duties to spend more time with his family.

Doting dad blew wife a kiss on final frontline shift before crash left him in eight-month coma

DOTING dad-of-three Matt blew Claire a kiss before heading out on his last night shift - hours before the crash that changed the family's lives forever.

She said: “I went to bed early, around 9pm, as I often did when Matt was on nights, and he got ready for work.

"He came into the bedroom at about 9.10 pm and I was already starting to doze off to sleep because my morning was going to begin at 4.30am with the girls.

“He blew me a kiss and said ‘See you in the morning'. That was our normal routine."

"That night was his final shift with the response team, tragically," Claire said.

“We had decided it was time for Matt to move to a safer department and one that would give him more time at home.

"We wanted more family time and making that decision was a real turning point for us because we knew we’d have more time as a family."

But after the tragedy, Matt was in a coma for eight months - and the family's lives have changed forever.

Claire said: "I have to cope because I’ve got three children who need me and they do keep me going.

'INCREDIBLE SAD'

"Obviously it’s incredibly sad and I guess it’s gradually over the last two years that I’ve been able to come to terms with what happened, but every time I see him or talk about him it’s sad.

"It’s heartbreaking."

“The thought that he might one day walk through the door of our family home and live here again also keeps me going, but I’m realistic and I know it might not happen."

And she said her husband is "not the same person as he was the night he went on his final shift".

"The saddest thing is that the girls have lost Daddy," she said.

"I’m sad that I’ve lost my husband and my best friend.

"He’s not here anymore and we’ve lost all those memories that we built together and worked for so hard together.

"We worked incredibly hard before we had children, to make a beautiful family home.

"We had nice cars, holidays and meals and that’s kind of been lost now.

"Everything we had in life before has now gone as a family.”

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