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'worst weekend' Man's agony after losing unvaccinated daughter (32) and her mum to Covid-19

"My daughter was 32 with four kids, and to make matters worse… It’s her oldest son’s birthday today, he [is] 13 today"

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Stephen Nolan at the BBC headquarters in Belfast City Centre. Photo: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

Stephen Nolan at the BBC headquarters in Belfast City Centre. Photo: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

Stephen Nolan at the BBC headquarters in Belfast City Centre. Photo: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

A caller into the BBC’s Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster has spoken of his devastation having lost his ex-partner and their daughter within days of each other.

Both were just two beds apart in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald and neither had been vaccinated.

The caller, called Kevin, said his daughter had no underlying health conditions.

Speaking to Nolan, Kevin, from Drumaness in County Down, explained: "I’ve had the worst weekend of my life… Last weekend there. My daughter passed away on Saturday from Covid-19. Her mummy got buried yesterday, she had Covid-19… Both of them never took the Covid-19 injections.”

Kevin said his ex-partner, the mother of his daughter, as well as his daughter, had chosen not to take the vaccine.

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“My daughter was 32 with four kids, and to make matters worse… It’s her oldest son’s birthday today, he [is] 13 today.

A tearful Kevin continued: “These people who are not taking the Covid-19 injection, they're not thinking of the other people they’ll leave behind. I’ve lost my daughter, my best friend. All I have are memories of her motorbike racing, fishing, driving diggers… That’s all the memories I have.

“She’s getting buried next Monday. I can’t give her a kiss cheerio. And I’ve heard other people coming on who’ve lost their parents, but [for it] to happen to your own family, I wouldn’t wish it on anybody what I’ve gone through.

“I’ve gone back to work today to keep my mind off it, but next Monday I have to bury my first born, my best friend, my daughter.”

Kevin said he was unaware his daughter and her mother had chosen not to take the vaccine, but urged others to do so, citing the devastation the loss of his daughter has caused across the wider family.

“I can never get it out of my mind why she didn't take it. It’ll haunt me for the rest of my life. There are a lot of good friends and family… who’ve raised money to help her and her husband and her kids. They’ve raised up to £10,000.

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“I can’t thank them enough, but I just wish these people sitting out there [saying] this injection is corruption [because] they’ve heard that much rubbish on Facebook. If she’d took it, she’d be alive today, her and her mummy.

“I wouldn’t wish anybody [to go through] what I’m going through. For the rest of my life it’ll haunt me… I’ll not see my daughter.

“I just wish sometimes people out there would listen to the experts, because that’s what they are.

“I’m devastated. I just live from day to day.”

Speaking of his daughter’s partner, and the impact the loss has had on him, Kevin, who broke down in tears while on air, added: “I don’t want anyone to go through what that man has to go through - raising four kids on his own. It’s so sad.

"We’ve got the opportunity to take it… Loads of people are sitting out there not taking it. They don’t realise what they’re leaving behind. We have to pick up the pieces.

“I just think every day that comes now, nothing bothers me anymore, I’m just devastated. I’ve two sons as well… They haven’t went to work because they’ve lost their sister. I just wish to God she’d taken it. It’s on my mind every night, I’m thinking, ‘why didn’t you take it, why didn’t you take it’.

“I can’t bring back the past, but I just wish people out there would just take it… Don’t go through what I’m going through.

“I’ve just gone to work today, and next Monday I’ve to bury my daughter. I can’t even say cheerio to her or give her a hug. Nothing.”

Kevin also praised the staff at the Ulster Hospital, who were with his daughter and her mother in their final moments.

“I phoned up every day and every night, the hospital, and the hospital have been fantastic.

“She (Kevin’s daughter) sent me a couple of text messages before she died, and I’ll keep them. I just wish people who don’t take it will realise what they’ll leave behind, because it will kill them.

“She was a 32-year-old healthy girl, and took heart failure at the end because she couldn’t cope.”

After her mother died, Kevin’s daughter contacted him by text from the hospital to let her father know.

“My daughter sent me a text, saying, ‘Sad, mummy’s passed away’. They were only two beds apart. I said to her, ‘When you get home I’ll make a fry and we’ll have a beer’... To get that phone call on Saturday… I’ll never forget, it’ll haunt me for the rest of my life.

“[A member of hospital staff said], ‘I’m sorry, your daughter just passed away. She died at 25 past 12’.”

After the family tragedy, Kevin said he hoped those unsure about taking the vaccine would listen to the experts rather than rumours on social media before making their decision. Addressing Nolan, he said: “These people sitting telling you on the show, they don’t want it… You’ve got to remember what you leave behind. It’s broken me… I thought I was tough. This has just shattered my world.

“They (mother and daughter) were very, very close. They worked together, lived together and they died together… For some reason they just had this belief about not taking it.

“People have their own opinions, but I never thought in my life I’d be sitting burying my daughter on Monday, and her mother got buried yesterday.

“I never thought Covid-19 would wipe out a family.

“People say time is a healer, but it’s going to take me a long, long time, because that was my best friend, my daughter.”

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