A GRIEVING girl collapsed and died of a heart attack at the funeral of her mom coronavirus.
Laura Richards, 32, fell while holding her chest while her mom Julie Murphy, 63, was lowered into the ground at Atherstone Cemetery in Warwickshire.
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Horrified mourners, including the vicar, rushed desperately to help him, but were unfortunately unable to save his life last Tuesday.
Speaking to Sun Online, Laura’s half-sister Sadie said the family had been shaken by the double tragedy.
Sadie, who is at high risk for coronavirus after having a kidney transplant, said that she was unable to attend the funeral herself, as only close family members were able to attend due to instructions from social distancing.
But the 45-year-old Dordon Warks woman said her daughter was one of the few family members on duty and tried to save Laura.
She said, “They were taking my mom down to the ground and Laura suddenly said” I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe “.
“She was clutching her chest.
“My daughter told her to sit down and put a coat around her but she could barely speak or catch her breath.
“Even the vicar tried to save his life. But there was nothing to do, she had a massive heart attack.
“Losing your sister at your mom’s funeral – it’s like a horror movie. She was only 32 years old. “
She added, “I can’t understand that it happened just when mom’s coffin was lowered.
“It’s just horrible. It’s wrong. “
“HIS BODY JUST ABANDONED”
Gran and a mother of four died in hospital on March 15 after contracting a coronavirus at Oldbury Grange nursing home, Nuneaton, Warks.
Julie, who was battling aggressive MS and dementia, was buried next to her husband, Kevin, who died in 2012.
And in a last heartbreaking message, Laura had dedicated an online post to her mother after Julie’s death.
In the touching tribute, she wrote “Love you mum” with an emotional photo of them together.
Her family said she was so upset about losing her parents that her “body abandoned her.”
Yesterday she was buried next to her mother – with only five people able to attend due to the coronavirus rules.
Half-sister Sadie said, “We had to wear masks when we saw mom in the hospital right before her death, and I think it really upset Laura to see her in this environment.
“She hadn’t left home before the funeral. The loss of mom must have really affected her.
“I think her body abandoned her. “
And Sadie paid tribute to her little sister, saying that Laura had a “heart of gold.”
She told The Sun Online, “She would do anything for anyone and make everyone laugh.
“I keep looking out my window thinking she will come in a taxi to say hello. I do not want their death to be in vain.
“My mother caught a coronavirus and my sister lost her life saying goodbye.
“I don’t want other families to suffer like me. So please follow the rules, stay inside and protect lives.
“People of all ages are dying – young children, doctors and nurses. Please stay inside. “
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Laura’s other sister Kelly Murphy also paid tribute to her “special little sister.”
She wrote online: “Finally at rest mom, I can’t believe the result of the day.
“Losing such a special little sister while putting mom to rest.
“Take care of each other up there.” Always in shock, words cannot express what we all feel.
“We love you both with all our hearts and we miss you. “
The tragic death of Laura and her mother comes as the death toll in the UK from coronavirus rose yesterday to over 6,000 with more than 51,000 cases.
A witness said, “It was really horrible – Julie was put to rest and her daughter started saying” my chest is tight, my chest is tight – I can’t breathe. “
“She was standing on the tarmac, right next to the funeral ground, and fell to the ground.
“She was on her side, clearly in distress. “
An air ambulance was transported to the scene while police were also called, but it was tragically too late.
They added, “The paramedics worked on her at the scene before she was taken to the ambulance.
“They did their best, but unfortunately it was too late by the time she got to the hospital. “
Warwickshire police have confirmed that they were called to the scene around 12.30pm on Tuesday 31 March for “welfare concerns”.
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A spokesperson said, “The woman was taken to the hospital by the ambulance service, but unfortunately died later.
“Death is not considered suspicious. “
The West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances were transported to the scene and took Laura in critical condition to Coventry University Hospital.
A spokesperson for the Oldbury Grange retirement home declined to comment, but confirmed that they protect the health and safety of their residents.