A DISTRAUGHT girl listened to her mother’s dying breaths on the phone as she lost a devastating battle with the coronavirus.
Sophia Essel, 30, simply played the best of Tina Turner with her mother Kay Elmer, 51, when she died alone from the virus in hospital.
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She has now castigated selfish crowds for breaking government lock rules and blaming them for “taking p ***” while others suffer.
Mrs. Elmer, from Wirral, Merseyside, went on vacation to Cape Verde once a month with her husband John, 67, but had only been to London in the weeks before the development of the fatal symptoms.
She died tragically in intensive care, less than two weeks after falling ill with fever and cough.
Due to the strict measures in place, Sophie and her brother Jamie, 33, cannot even organize a funeral for their mother.
Recalling the final moments, she said, “It was really sad. I’m the last person she spoke to.
“My brother is in the army and he had just been deployed the week before.
“The next morning, she called me crying because she was so scared. “
Sophia was not even allowed to sit next to their mom when she arrived at the hospital with her girlfriend.
His latest text said “I love you, always and forever”.
Ms. Elmer’s condition deteriorated rapidly with the organs closed and she was placed on 95% oxygen.
Her devastated daughter said, “Her latest text said,” I love you, forever and ever. Be careful while driving and take Jamie home. “
Seeing her mother’s face, Sophia could not bear to watch her death. Instead, she sat in a waiting room and called her cell phone.
SIMPLY THE BEST
There she sat listening to her last breaths while they were playing her favorite songs, including Simply the Best.
Sophia said: “They offered to go to the room in protective suits to say goodbye, but we would not have been protected because they are all equipped for the staff.
” I went [to the window of her room] and I saw it. They turned it over to face us and it was just too much. I fell to the ground crying.
“My brother took me to the waiting room and I asked the nurses to turn on my mom’s phone.
She went to see “Simply the best” by Tina Turner. It was my nan’s funeral song and it still calmed mom.
“I called her on her cell phone. They responded and we played all our favorite songs to her until she took her last breath.
“She went to Tina Turner’s” Simply the Best “. It was my nan’s funeral song and it always calmed mom.
“In the end, she was really standing on her own, breathing without the machine, so I had to talk to her and tell her” come now mom, Nan is waiting for you “. “
Sophia has now urged people to take note of the social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
She said, “I guess [mum caught this due to] people at some point go out when they have symptoms.
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“In Spain, they are models for that. They made everyone stay. Everyone takes a little p *** here.
“It’s about getting people to recognize this. Shops let people in … but the aisles fill up. Social distancing is not enough.
“People take the kids shopping, the kids run away. Others do group exercise.
“You don’t need three people to walk a dog. I am in the anger stage of the grieving process. “
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