Coronavirus: Woman with Covid-19 “didn’t want to die alone”


Josephine Brown

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Josephine Brown to be cremated on Monday

The daughter of a woman who died with Covid-19 called on people to stay home over the Easter holidays.

Joséphine Brown died on Tuesday at Mater Hospital, two weeks after contracting the virus.

Her youngest of four daughters, Rhonda Tait, said her family never imagined her mom would be one of the victims of the coronavirus.

In the past 24 hours, four other people in Northern Ireland have died after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

The total number of Northern Ireland is now 82, while the number of people confirmed to be infected has increased by 138 to 1,477.

“My mom was 70 and she was not ready to die. She wanted to live and she really didn’t want to die alone. “

The family was unable to visit him at the hospital and was dependent on daily hospital updates.

“The nurses and doctors were amazing. They told us they would be with her because we could not be with her, “she said.

“It is horrible, she is not able to have the funeral she would have wanted.

“She is not even allowed to wear clothes, she wears a shroud. “

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Joséphine’s family couldn’t be with her at the hospital

Ms. Tait said her mother was in detention for 19 days before developing a temperature and a sore throat.

Within days, his condition deteriorated.

“She called me one night and told me that she fell out of bed. At this point, I had to go around and I looked through the mailbox and she was crying for her own mom.

“I called an ambulance and they took her while we were watching. We weren’t allowed to approach her. “

The separation has continued at the hospital, and since her death on Tuesday, the family cannot be with her or with each other.

“All we could do was a WhatsApp conference,” said Tait.

Ms. Brown will be cremated on Monday, as the family can only look at her coffin placed in the hearse.


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