Helen, 64, died in the last half hour and begging people, "don't end up like us"
Nothing quite compares to the loss of a loved one. In a BBC report from the coronavirus frontline at the Royal London Hospital, East London, a heartbroken family was seen reading out a goodbye letter to their "inspirational" grandmother who had died of Covid.
Helen,64, a grandmother of three, had to rely on a ventilator eventually after catching coronavirus. Her bereaved husband, Martin Freeborn, broke down in tears after telling BCC reporter Clive Myrie that Helen could not read the letter but had died in the last half hour begging viewers "don't end up like us".
Martin and their three grieving daughters, Laura, Lindsay, and Megan, each read out a part of the letter they could not read out to Helen, which read: "We love you so much, we miss you more than we can say. You are so strong and have been through so much. "You are our hero, our inspiration. Our light in this darkness until we see you again, and we will. "You stay strong as always. All our love and forever."
When asked if Martin had a message for anyone who claims there is no Covid, he said, "It makes me really angry. Nobody wants to go through this. This really is horrible. It's real. People really do need to look after themselves and take care, because you don't want this to happen." He added: "I wouldn't wish this on anybody. Please wake up, and please be careful. Don't end up like us, please."
An ITV report showed ICU staff talk about the terrifying surge in Covid patients and how families are dying. Vicky Houghton, an Intensive Care Matron, said, "We're seeing families coming in, and we're seeing families being wiped out." Many patients are "school-aged mums and dads", with some sons watching their parents die in Covid wards, The Sun reported.