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tragic case Man who died after being encouraged to leave hospital by anti-vaxxers to be laid to rest

His family have also asked people not to call at the family home in Dungloe due to ongoing virus concerns


Joe McCarron

Joe McCarron

Joe McCarron

The man who was encouraged to leave a Co Donegal hospital by anti-vaccination campaigners against medical advice will be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon. 

Joe McCarron, who was 75, passed away at Letterkenny University Hospital after a brave fight against Covid-19.

His family have also said they are to are to keep their home private before the funeral because of fears over the virus.

His family, including his wife Una, have asked people wishing to sympathise with the family not to call to the family home at Diamond, Dungloe because of Covid fears.

Mr McCarron had been in hospital for a number of days after contracting the virus.

His case received national and international attention when anti-vaccine protestors encouraged him to sign himself out of the hospital on Tuesday week last.

His death notice on RIP.ie sates that the death has occurred of Joe McCarron of the Diamond, Dungloe, Donegal.

'Removal from his home on Sunday, September 26, for funeral Mass in St. Crona's Church, Dungloe at 12 noon. Interment afterwards in Maghery Cemetery.'

People have also left tributes to Mr McCarron in the condolences section.

'Sincere condolences to Una and all the McCarron family on the passing of Joe may he rest in peace. My prayers are with you all at this time,' one reads.

Another wrote: 'Sincere sympathy to you Una and to the Carr and McCarron families on the sad passing of Joe. May he rest in peace.'

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Another one adds: 'Very sad. So many thanks are due to the nurses and doctors of Letterkenny Hospital who worked so professionally to help and treat Joe. They truly are heroes.'

Taoiseach Mr Martin slammed the removal of Mr McCarron from hospital saying: “If you get it (Covid-19), you should treat it as very serious.

“Certainly, it is outrageous that anyone would, in an ill-informed way, be advising people to leave hospital. It endangers that person’s health.”

The protestors had claimed that Mr McCarron was being forced into the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

The protestors, including an Italian national Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu of the so-called Freedom on the Land Movement, filmed Mr McCarron’s release from the hospital.

In the video which was put up on social media, doctors are heard pleading with Mr McCarron to remain in hospital.

However, the protestors tell Mr McCarron that he will die if he remains in the hospital.

Mr McCarron was released but was rushed back into hospital two days later on Thursday last after having severe breathing difficulties.

He was initially put on a ventilator and had been showing signs of improving.

However, his condition deteriorated and he later passed away.

Mr McCarron's family had slammed those who helped take him out of the hospital while he was in such a vulnerable condition.

A family spokesman said Joe's wife Una wanted to apologise to the hospital staff for what had happened.

He also slammed those who helped remove Joe from hospital as "reckless."

The spokesman said: “Una would like to thank the staff and apologise for the actions of Joe’s so-called reckless friends earlier in the week.

“They did not help Joe’s recovery in any way. We would encourage everyone to follow proper medical advice.”

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