The distraught girlfriend of a dad who had both arms amputated has spoken of how their newborn twins could only look on as their father fought for life through a hospital window.
Harley described how she desperately tried not to cry when she visited Jamie Mines with daughters Isabella and Savannah.
The 33-year-old scaffolder remains in intensive care after he got an electric shock while working in Swindon just days before Christmas.
His injuries were so severe he had to be put in an induced coma, after already having a leg, his arm and all the toes on his remaining foot amputated.
Yesterday he had to have his second arm amputated to keep him alive.
Harley told Mirror Online: “I’ve been to see him the once. I brought the twins with me. Although they’re not actually allowed in the unit I’d asked if they could see him through the glass.
“Unfortunately he was asleep. I walked in and stood by him trying so hard not to cry, he has wires and tubes all over him, he’d just come out of surgery where they cleaned and redressed his wounds.
“There was a doctor doing something to his machine for the short time I was there, he pulled me up a seat and I just sat watching him holding back the tears just thinking in my head how and why did this happen?
“Only a week ago we were planning our first family holiday and talking about Christmas day .
“I had to leave because I couldn’t hold back the tears anymore.”
Speaking to The Mirror, Harley said she was at home making dinner when Jamie’s mother called and informed her of the accident.
“We didn’t realise at that point how serious it was. I was worried at the time but sort of expected him home a few days later. It wasn’t until his mum and brother had been to see him at the hospital that we realised that actually he isn’t okay at all.
“His mother updates me daily, and rang to tell me about the surgeon’s having to remove his other hand, it’s been removed up to his forearm.”
The family were forced to spend Christmas Day without the beloved dad who was looking forward to seeing his girls open their presents on the special day.
“His Christmas presents are still under the tree and his stocking on the wall, Jamie bought presents for us all but never got round to wrapping them, they’re all still in packages and jiffy bags in his drawers,” Harley said.
The brave mum has said how her children are the reason as to why she hasn’t “gone crazy” and is able to cope with the horrific circumstances.
“I’m coping because of the children, I think if it wasn’t for them I’d of gone crazy by now! There’s been so much support from family, friends, strangers.”
Close friend Ian Kennedy along with other friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the semi-professional footballer’s family following the accident.
The page originally had a target sum of £20,000 and this was smashed within 24 hours. But since the news of Jamie’s condition worsened the sum has been raised to £100,000. The total raised currently stands at £26,764.
“Lovely messages, donations on the gofundme page, people offering to give me baby items, having a massive supply of baby nappies sent to me. It’s so heartwarming to have so many people that genuinely care,” Harley said.
She added: “Having a normal conversation is hard lately, I have so many people asking questions about Jamie.
“Ian, Jamie’s friend (who created the gofundme page for him) will post me messages from people sending their love and support and the fact we can have a normal conversation, a laugh even through all this helps me through my day!
“I keep hope knowing he has photo’s in his ICU pod for when he wakes, he’s going to remember what he’s fighting for!”
Frome Town Football club will be holding a fundraising event for Jamie on March 19 at 12pm.
Swindon Town FC has sent their best wishes to Jamie and the family and is hoping to send captain Nathan Thomson to support the event.