Tributes to devoted Hatfield mum
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 July 2018
Tributes have been paid to a devoted mother-of-three whose sudden death has left her family shocked and devastated.
When Diana Martin, 36, suffered severe breathing difficulties on the evening of Tuesday, June 26, her six-year-old son Jake raised the alarm with their neighbours in Oaklands Wood, Hatfield.
Fast-acting Kieran Janes and Natalie Hayler, who are also parents to three children, rang 999 just after 7.40pm and did their best to help.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance landed at Hatfield Community Free School and paramedics spent well over an hour trying to save Diana, but sadly, she died that evening.
She leaves a husband, Dave Martin, and sons Dylan, 10, Thomas, eight, and Jake.
Watford supporters Diana and Dave, 45, had been married for five years and had been together for 11 after meeting online.
Dave said: “Diana was a great wife and devoted mum.
“The boys were the centre of her world.
“She was very kind, patient and loving.
“I don’t know quite how to say thank you to the neighbours.
“A neighbour shouted at her other half to call an ambulance.
“They kept the children out of the way and tried to help Di, but things became rapidly worse.
“The paramedics also did all they could for her.
“It’s just such a huge shock.”
Diana had worked as a quantity surveyor, and also devoted her life to her boys.
Most recently she had been working hard to sort out Thomas’ re-assessment for his health educational plan.
Thomas has mild cerebral palsy, affecting his balance, and another condition affecting his fine motor skills and comprehension.
Support worker Dave, who was at Garston Bowls Club with Dylan when Diana fell ill, said: “It hasn’t sunk in for the boys.
“Tom has a disability so it’s hard for him to understand.”
The family has been overwhelmed by support, receiving flowers from the boys’ school, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in St Albans, as well as food brought round by parents.
They have lived in Hatfield for about 10 years and used to live in Lavender Close in Hatfield Garden Village before Oaklands Wood.
Dave had previously lived in Garston and Diana had grown up in the Woolwich area.
Diana, who was due to celebrate her birthday in July, had a dad of Indian origin and a Sri Lankan mum.
When she was younger she used to enjoy Indian dancing.
Dave’s sister Amanda Gibson paid tribute to her, saying: “She was a very kind person and devoted to the boys.
“They couldn’t do anything wrong in her eyes.
“We’re shocked. We just couldn’t believe it.”
Diana had suffered with asthma on and off, but as far as they family knew, she had never needed hospital treatment for the condition.
They are still waiting to find out exactly what caused her to fall ill on Tuesday evening.
Neighbour Kieran, 30, said: “It’s really sad and such a shame.
“She was a nice lady.
“She was always doing things for the kids.
“I just can’t believe it. It’s shocking.”
Natalie, 29, added: “She was very kind and caring and a very good mum to her children.
“All our kids played together.
“It was just so sudden.”
An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 7.42pm on June 26 to reports of someone having severe breathing problems in Oaklands Wood in Hatfield.
“It was a medical emergency.
“We sent an ambulance crew, a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance officer and the East Anglian Air Ambulance to the scene.
“They treated a woman.
“Sadly despite the efforts of those on scene, unfortunately the lady passed away at the scene.
“Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this time.”