You can't imagine having the person you love most in the world being taken away from you, never mind having to listen to it. With that in mind, massive respect to this man, who has found the courage to rebuild his life after his wife was killed two-and-a-half years ago.
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Dan Cross, an English dad-of-two, has revealed that he's started a new relationship and volunteering since his wife was killed in 2015 while she was on the phone with him.
Dan told Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield he was doing 'really well' while sat on the This Morning sofa as he recounted his tragic tale this morning. Best wishes to him.
Dan's wife, Nicola, was tragically stabbed to death by a schizophrenic intruder in the family's home in 2015 while she bravely protected the pair's children.
Marcin Porczynski, then 27 years old, broke into the house in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in the UK in the dead of night with a plan to kidnap the pair's two young children while Dan was working away from home.
IT specialist Dan was forced to hear his wife's fight for life while he was on the phone with her, along with his young son's cries for his mum to wake up. Porzynski eventually admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sent to a secure hospital indefinitely.
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"Stanley was six and Isabella was three at the time. I was telling her to leave and go to my mum and dad's but before she could leave he broke through the back doors and killed her," Dan told Holly and Phil.
"I didn't know what happened to the children until I heard them crying on the phone."
Dan told Holly and Phil how he and the kids moved in with his parents after Nicola's death, experiencing severe flashbacks before realising he needed to undergo trauma counselling.
"I felt like I couldn't breathe. I was back in that moment and then I realised if I'm going to be a good dad to the kids and make sure they're confident, happy adults then I need to get help," Dan said.
Dan explained that thankfully his daughter, Isabella, was too young to be affected much at the time but her son, Stanley, remains an 'anxious boy' who needs constant monitoring.
Two-and-a-half years since the killing, Dan was pleased to report that he is doing 'really well' and has started a new relationship with a mental health clinician called Alex.
"We're doing well and we make Nikki part of our daily lives," Dan told Holly and Phil. "A year ago this weekend I met Alex, she's fitted beautifully into our lives.
"It's a brave decision to get involved with a family like this, she's a mental health clinician and she can do things with the kids... It's been amazing, quite freaky really to have someone come in who's so perfect."
Dan with his new partner Alex. Credit: ITV/This Morning
Dan is now training with the non-profit organisation Victim Support, offering support to families who have also endured homicide and manslaughter.
"They'll recommend people to me and I'll lend a sympathetic ear over the phone and listen to their problems," Dan said.
"You get an instant connection with somebody who has been through something similar to you so we can just chat with no pretence."
It's really brave of Dan to not only move on but use his harrowing experience to help others. We wish him all the best.
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