Graham Thorne, Covid-19 death attendant, was “perfect”

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Graham Thorne and Debbie Cox

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Debbie Cox

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Debbie Cox said she has “fabulous memories” of going on vacation with “loving” Graham Thorne


The partner of a janitor at a deceased Covid-19 hospital said he was “perfect” and they never argued.

Debbie Cox said that Graham Thorne, 58, who died on April 20 after being on a fan for 14 days, was “a calm, kind, considerate and loving man.”

Miss Cox had worked alongside him as a medical secretary at the hospital in Bedford, where he died.

In an email, chief executive David Carter said the hospital was “saddened to lose” a “much-loved” staff member.

Mr. Thorne, who is part of the estate and maintenance team, was admitted to hospital on April 5 and tested positive for Covid-19.

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Miss Cox said he called her to ask if she could charge her phone. “It was the last time we spoke,” she said.

He was sedated in the intensive care unit and died despite the fact that staff tried “everything they could”.

“He was sedated, but I was allowed to wear protective gear to be with him for the last few minutes,” said Ms. Cox.

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Graham Thorne fell ill in late March and died in hospital


Miss Cox, of Thorpe Way, Wootton, Bedford, said that Thorne “deserves to be recognized,” adding that “this virus can affect all NHS staff.”

“He was a calm, kind, considerate and loving man who was loved by many,” she added.

Miss Cox and Mr. Thorne had been together for almost 10 years and said that her death had left her “totally devastated”.

“We had plans, but they just will not come to fruition,” she said.

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