‘Kind and caring’ man, 31, dies at side of road in lorry from rare condition

A 31-year-old man died in his lorry at the side of the road from rare condition he was born with.

Dan Biggs’ devastated family have paid tribute to the “kind and caring” car-lover, who was discovered lifeless by colleagues.

He had been driving his lorry in Porthcawl, Wales, when for some reason he decided to pull over.

It was the last thing he ever did, reports Wales Online.

His family, who are from Bridgend, said he died from deep vein thrombosis which caused a large blood clot that went straight to his lungs – causing a cardiac arrest.

Dan worked at Tarmac and was said to have loved his job
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His parents, Steve and Sally, were on holiday in Cape Verde at the time of their son’s death on November 11 – a holiday that was planned to celebrate Steve’s retirement.

“It was out of the blue, there was no warning, I messaged him in the morning and he seemed fine,” said Steve.

“I had a call from my son Jonathan who told us the news and it’s just devastating. I couldn’t believe it.

“We were due to come back on December 3 but we were very lucky that we managed to get a flight home the following day.”

Dan had Klinefelter’s syndrome which he was diagnosed with at the age of 19.

His family say he died from deep vein thrombosis which caused a large blood clot and triggered cardiac arrest
(Image: Wales Online WS)

It is a condition where boys and men are born with an extra X chromosome. It can make people more prone to have deep vein thrombosis.

Unbeknown to his family, Dan was born with this condition, which affects just one in 600 men.

He worked at Tarmac and was said to have loved his job.

“Dan was a very kind and caring person always thinking of others before himself. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone,” added dad Steve, 61.

“He loved mechanics and cars. Even his boss said that he was so loyal and he knew everything about the lorry.

“He’s half my age and I just didn’t think that he would pass away before me. Unfortunately you can’t rewind back the time.

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“Life is very cruel at times. Sometimes you can’t fathom out why things happen as they do. We are all devastated.”

Dan’s funeral will take place on November 27.

The family are now trying to raise awareness of Klinefelter’s Syndrome Association.

Steve added: “The condition is not that well known and we would like to help the association continue with their great work in helping and making more people aware of this condition.

“Due to the fact Dan had Klinefelter’s Syndrome, it made him more prone to have deep vein thrombosis.

“It’s comforting to know that Dan wouldn’t have suffered and it would have happened quickly. Unfortunately, nothing could have been done to save him.

“We just have to try and remain positive. Words are not enough to thank everybody who has sent messages and made a donation.”

You can donate here .

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