The husband of a brain damaged mother has started a relationship with her carer and has moved her into the family home.
Gregg Ormondroyd, 31, from Bradford, grew closer to health worker Anne Robinson, who was looking after his wife Donna, 36.
Donna collapsed and stopped breathing in her home two years ago, due to a severe brain injury, and was put in a medically-induced coma.
She was brought out of the coma after three weeks but has been left in a vegetative state, needing 24-hour care.
Mr Ormondroyd, who is the full-time father to their four young children, has now moved Ms Robinson, 32, into the couple’s home – much to the anger of Mrs Ormondroyd’s family.
Gregg Ormondroyd (left and right), 31, from Bradford, grew closer to health worker Anne Robinson (right), who was looking after his wife Donna (left), 36
Donna collapsed and stopped breathing in her home two years ago and was put in a medically-induced coma
They are said to be devastated at the the new relationship with Ms Robinson, who has quit her job, and are considering legal action.
A family friend told The Sun: ‘It’s been bad enough that Donna went from a bright and bubbly young mum to someone who needs 24-hour care overnight.
‘But the fact that Gregg has started a relationship with someone who was nursing Donna, and Anne has now moved in, is very upsetting for her family.
‘It is going on under the noses of Donna and her children and Donna is not in a state to challenge it.’
Mr Ormondroyd and Ms Robinson have both posted a string of pictures of them together on Facebook and say that they are in a relationship.
The Ormondroyds had been together for more than six years and had been married just over a year when she collapsed.
Speaking at the time, Mr Ormondroyd said: ‘I came home one day to see her being put in the back of an ambulance, she’d collapsed upstairs and had stopped breathing.
‘I knew then that she was in big trouble, it took them more than 70 minutes to revive her.
Ms Robinson has reportedly moved in the the Ormondroyd family home in West Yorkshire (pictured)
Gregg and Donna had been together for more than six years and had been married just over a year when she collapsed
She was brought out of the coma after three weeks but has been left in a vegetative state, needing 24-hour care
‘They thought that she wouldn’t pull through and the next couple of days were touch and go – when she was in the coma they kept trying to wake up but you could see she just kept panicking – it was awful.
‘It’s turned my world completely upside down, I just want her home now – she’s stuck in that hospital with no stimulation and she needs her kids around her, if anything will bring her back to us, it’ll be them.’
She defied doctors to survive and come out of the coma and has now recovered physically, but her vegetative state means she shows no signs of awareness and is barely responsive.
What is a vegetative state?
A vegetative state is when a person is awake but is showing no signs of awareness.
A person in a vegetative state may open their eyes, wake up and fall asleep at regular intervals and have basic reflexes, such as blinking when they’re startled by a loud noise, or withdrawing their hand when it’s squeezed hard.
They’re also able to regulate their heartbeat and breathing without assistance.
However, a person in a vegetative state doesn’t show any meaningful responses, such as following an object with their eyes or responding to voices.
They also show no signs of experiencing emotions.
If a person is in a vegetative state for a long time, it may be considered to be:
If a person is diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state, recovery is extremely unlikely but not impossible.
Source: NHS Choices