I kissed the dad of my two children goodbye not knowing it was last time I'd ever see the love of my life
14th November 2021

A MUM has revealed the heartbreaking moment she kissed the "love of her life" for the final time before he was killed in a motorbike crash.

Amy Emanuel, 28, said goodbye to Michael Maxwell, 28, unaware it was the last time she would see him alive.

The tragic dad-of-two died in a crash later that day – completely turning Amy's life upside down.

She is now warning others how much life can change "in the blink of an eye" as she paid tribute to Michael.

Amy, from Swansea, told Wales Online: "When I found out about an incident involving a motorbike, I immediately rang him and just knew it was him, I didn’t want to believe it and it’s hard to explain how I felt but my heart felt empty, I just knew.

"The pain, the heartache, feeling numb, disbelief, you don’t want to believe it and you think it will never happen to you.

"I still don’t want to believe it, he was so young and we just started life as a family – that’s what hurts the most."

Michael had decided to take his beloved Kawasaki bike to work on August 25 to enjoy the weather when the horror unfolded.

He collided with a Ford Transit minibus, with a 56-year-old man arrested on suspicion of driving with a controlled drug released under investigation.

Michael had been developing his plastering building to raise funds to move his family into a brand new home at the time.

Amy said it is now devastating their two children Ayla, two, and baby Zion will have to grow up without their dad around.

She explained how "fun-loving" dad's "face would light up" every time he saw the kids.

"I am so grateful he gave us two beautiful children that will live on his name forever," she said.

But the mum told how Zion will soon turn one without Michael there to mark the milestone.


She also heartbreakingly revealed how little Ayla still asks where her "daddy" is.

Amy added: "Ayla does ask to see her daddy and I have to explain he's not coming home which is the hardest thing I have had to do in my life.

"She [Ayla] knows her daddy loves her very much and wishes he could be here and is looking down on her every day."

Amy has now thanked her friends and family were displaying an "overwhelming amount of support" following the tragedy.

Loved ones havelaunched a GoFundMe page to support the mum and are planning a 24-hour marathon over Pen Y Fan mountain.

Amy said: "Mike was such a positive person and that was the way to be in life, he taught me to be positive and I’m going to carry that on in his memory, times like this you have to be positive.

"Don’t get me wrong, I cry every day, I just miss him so much, but it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be sad.

"If I’ve learnt anything it’s to be in the present rather than the future because life can change in a blink of an eye.

"Be grateful for every second that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is so very precious."

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