The heartbroken fiancée of a man who tragically died after fall at a skatepark is raising money for IVF to conceive his child.
Chris Pinto, 32, suffered critical head injuries at Mudjimba skate park, on Queensland‘s Sunshine coast, on Tuesday.
He was rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital but died two days later.
A friend has launched a GoFundMe campaign for his devastated partner Jess Claassens to have IVF treatment, which has already racked up $12,000 of the $30,000 goal.
Chris Pinto (pictured), 32, died from critical head injuries on Thursday after a fall at Mudjimba skate park
His partner Jess Claassens (pictured) said ‘Chris was so so excited and passionate about being a dad in the near future’ and now plans to have his baby
‘Jess has decided to use the money towards IVF in the future to be able to have a piece of Chris in her life forever,’ the fund description reads.
‘Being parents was their dream and with your help this can still be a reality for Jess.’
Ms Claassens took to Facebook on Saturday to share her plan, posting a photo of her next to Mr Pinto in hospital during his final hours.
‘I’m finding this near impossible to write but I need to share something with everyone who loved Chris,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘After I was given the worst news of my life that my person and love of my life was not going to have the chance to fight and stay with me, I chose with the full support of his family to contact an IVF clinic and have some of his sperm extracted and frozen as I would do absolutely anything to have a piece of him still here with me.’
She explained that the clinic has since informed her the procedure was successful, and that she can now attempt IVF.
‘Chris was so so excited and passionate about being a dad in the near future,’ she explained.
‘We wanted nothing more than to have a child together and spend the rest of our lives ridiculously in love.’
Ms Claassen is raising money for IVF to conceive his child to create ‘a small sliver of positivity from this horrible tragedy’ (pictured together)
She shared an image of a message he had previously sent her discussing how he could not wait to start a family with her
Ms Claassens added that any money donated will directly contribute to the IVF process so she can have ‘a piece of the incredible human I was lucky enough to call mine’.
The post also featured an image of a message she had received from Mr Pinto, telling her how he ‘could not wait’ for them to start a family.
‘I sit here watching you serve these boys and I am so full of love and happiness,’ he said.
‘You are going to be the greatest mum and I am so lucky to have you as the future mother of my kids. Cannot wait to bring life into this world with you bub.’
The couple had lived on the Sunshine Coast for 11 months, after relocating from Sydney.
Tributes have poured in over social media for PE teacher who has been remembered by loved ones as ‘the best human being’.
Melissa Minto said her brother was ‘a beautiful soul’ and ‘just too good for this world’.
‘The idea that my beautiful brother won’t be here anymore is just inconceivable,’ she said.
Ms Claassens (pictured) and Mr Minto had only moved to the Sunshine Coast 11 months ago before tragedy struck
Ms Claassens remained by his side during his final hours at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (pictured, the couple together)
‘For someone as good as him, always kind, always there for me, ever patient, ever modest and loving, and always honourable and motivated by his heart to have passed away so suddenly and so tragically feels like the cruellest joke.’
‘When he met Jess he was over the moon. He’d found his other half, someone who had the same great sense of humour he had, who lived life to the fullest and who loved as fiercely as he did. These past 11 months in Queensland were the happiest of his life.’
‘I love you Christopher and I know you’ll be watching over us all and with us always. I will miss you forever.’
Friend Aijana Cook described Ms Claassens as his ‘soulmate’ and the ‘ying to his yang’ while remembering his ‘infectious demeanour’.
‘His warmth, humbleness and general zest for life will never be forgotten,’ she wrote.
‘Words don’t do him justice and can’t describe the enormous hole he leaves in the lives of family, friends, colleagues and students.’