“It slipped from between my fingers”, Jet looked back. “Rob wasn’t breathing anymore.” She also did not feel a heartbeat in her husband, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. “That was horror.”
Henriëtte called the emergency number. “And at one point I said to that lady: this is not going well. But she asked me more things and then I really screamed: he is slipping from under my hands, something has to be done now.”
She gave her husband mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, she continued. “And in no time the whole house was full of people,” she continued, referring to the emergency services.
In the end, the singer was taken to hospital with a beating heart and breathing. “We didn’t know exactly what was going on yet.” In the course of the night it turned out that he had major pulmonary embolisms. In a pulmonary embolism, a blood vessel to the lungs is blocked by a blood clot, which means that reduced oxygen can enter the blood. “It was close.”
Now his situation is ‘stable’, Jet said. “He is out of the hospital, he is now recovering in a rehabilitation center.”
During his illness, Jet asked if people wanted to light a candle and share it on social media. She used to burn a candle with her parents if someone ‘needed extra support’, she said, but this also referred to Rob’s song Zet Een Kaars Voor Je Raam.
It was ‘a whim’ to call on people to light a candle and share it, but the call received a lot of response. “It was very moving and I really feel that it helped him.”