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Father of six dies after being hit by single punch

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TREVOR Duroux will never meet his new grandchild, or walk his daughters down the aisle.

With one punch his future was taken away, and the Maclean resident's family was forced this week to make the heart-breaking decision to turn off his life support.   

Their nightmare started in the early hours of December 4, when the 40-year-old was allegedly punched in the back of the head on Marine Pde in Coolangatta about 2am.

Mr Duroux had to be resuscitated after going into major cardiac arrest and was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition. 

 Partner Joanne Campbell said family and friends from Tweed Heads to Tenterfield rushed to be at his side.

 His sister, who was driving to Nowra, turned around and drove all the way back from Sydney.  

"The nurses said it was the biggest family support unit the hospital had seen," she said  

"He tried to fight it so hard and breathed on his own for a while.

At one point he moved his leg independently and when I spoke he moved his head towards me.   

"When his daughters were there talking to him, tears were coming down.

He knew we were there with him."  

Overcome by his injuries, Mr Duroux was eventually declared brain dead and 10 days after the punch, his family had to turn off his machines.   

"He kept breathing for 14 minutes, and we were with him whole time," she said. 

Even more tragically, the father of six had only re-kindled his relationship with Ms Campbell and his eldest daughter Heidi in recent years.

 "Trevor and I were together when we were younger and had a daughter but went our separate ways," she said.  

 "A few years ago he made contact with me, and he and Heidi hit it off like a house on fire. 

 "His face was well known around Maclean because he played indoor netball with the girls on Thursday nights and used to go to all their games."

Ms Campbell said her 14-year-old from another relationship recently told Mr Duroux he was more of a dad than her real dad.

"Heidi is his eldest, she's only just met him and he's been ripped away again," she said.    

"He has one grandchild on the way that he'll never get to see, and five younger children to another woman who don't have a mother or father now.  

"He's not going to get to walk his daughters down the aisle. 

It's just the worst thing ever. I don't wish it upon anyone."  

The teenager charged with his death, 18-year-old New Zealand native Tristan Heather, is one of the first in Queensland who will face a new charge of unlawful striking causing death, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years.   

But Ms Campbell said that meant nothing to Mr Duroux's family, who are now living their own life sentence.  

Mr Duroux's funeral will be held in Tenterfield.   

A gofundme page has been set up to help the family cover expenses. If you would like to donate, go to www.gofundme.com/trevorduroux.  

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