THE heartbroken family of an “inspirational” gran read out a goodbye letter after she died of Covid.
The distressing scenes were part of a devastating BBC report from the Covid frontline at The Royal London Hospital, East London.
Martin Freeborn told the BBC his wife Helen had died within the past half hourCredit: BBC
Grandmother of three Helen was just 64 when she dies after catching coronavirusCredit: BBC
A bereaved husband at the hospital, Martin Freeborn, told a reporter his wife Helen, 64, had died in the last half hour before begging viewers “don’t end up like us”.
Grandmother-of-three Helen went on a ventilator after catching coronavirus and an infection so couldn’t read a final letter from her family, Martin told Beeb reporter Clive Myrie
Martin and his three grief-stricken daughters, Laura, Lindsay and Megan, each read out a segment of the letter they were unable to read to Helen.
The harrowing footage lays bare the human cost of the pandemic which has killed almost 90,000 Brits, with more people being treated in hospitals now than any point in the crisis.
‘WE LOVE YOU’
The letter 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.”
Speaking to the Beeb’s Clive Myrie minutes after his wife has died, Martin breaks down when asked if he had a message for anyone who claims there is no Covid.
Martin and his daughters then read out a letter they had written for Helen Credit: BBC
Helen’s daughters Laura, Lindsay and Megan are seen each reading a segment from the letterCredit: BBC
The heartbreaking scenes capture the human tragedy behind the devastating pandemicCredit: BBC
The family’s tearful tribute is made to Helen as ‘our hero, our inspiration’Credit: BBC
He said: “It makes me really angry. Nobody wants to go through this. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.
“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 over careful. Don’t end up like us, please.”
Ten hospital trusts across England have reported they have no spare critical care beds as medical staff battle the devastating virus.
The pressure on resources has led to fears that care for the sickest coronavirus patients may have to be rationed.
Carleen Kelly, a nursing sister working the night shift at the Royal London Hospital, says heroic staff feel “fragile and angry” as they deal with a surge of patients during the second wave.
Comparing it to the first wave, she said: “I usually say how I feel about this time is I feel trapped in a cave and the water is slowly rising.
Family’s heartbreaking goodbye letter to gran
Harrowing final note from a family who lost their relative to Covoid
Dearest Mum/ Helen/ Grandma,
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.
“And I’m barely keeping my head above water. It’s scarier, it’s bigger.
“I was so naive the first time. I wasn’t convinced we were going to have a second wave at all.
“The huge numbers that have just absolutely slammed us…I never thought it would be possible to have this many intensive care patients.”
Another shocking report aired on ITV showed ICU staff speak of a “terrifying” surge in Covid patients and “families being wiped out”.
Intensive care matron Vicky Houghton at Waford General Hospital, Hertfordshire said: “We’re seeing families coming in and we’re seeing families being wiped out.”
Many of the patient’s are “school-aged mums and dads”, with some sons watching their parents die on Covid wards, one doctor said.
One 33-year-old man with no underlying health conditions is seen being wheeled in on a ventilator.
Another 48-year-old man who needed a tracheostomy after coming off a ventilator can’t speak so has to write down that he misses his wife and two children.
Eighteen patients have been transferred across the country since New Year to free up room for more Covid patients.