A mother and daughter, who had both refused the Covid-19 vaccine, died within weeks of each other after contracting the virus.
Sammy-Jo Ford, 32, died on Saturday at Ulster Hospital on the outskirts of East Belfast. It came two weeks after her mother, 55-year-old Heather Maddern, who was being treated in the same ward just two beds away, died on August 31.
Ms Ford’s father said neither his daughter nor her former partner had been vaccinated, adding that their “world” was “shattered” by their deaths.
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster nolan show, Kevin McAllister said the events would “trouble” him for the rest of his life.
“I have lost my daughter, my best friend,” he told the radio programme.
Ms. Ford, the mother-in-law of four children who lived at Groomsport, is survived by a husband and four children, the eldest of whom is 13 years old.
She and her mother, who Mr McAllister said were “very, very close”, lived together and both worked as home care workers caring for elderly people in their homes.
“They worked together, they lived together and they died together,” Mr McAllister said.
Ms Ford, who is said to have had no underlying health conditions, was texting her father while undergoing treatment at the hospital and told him: “Dad, mom passed away.”
Ms. Maddern’s funeral took place on September 13 and her daughter’s funeral is scheduled for September 20 in Holywood, County Down.
“I never thought in my life that I would bury my daughter,” said Mr McAllister.
It is understood that Ms Ford died of heart complications caused by the coronavirus.
“She is a healthy 32-year-old girl and eventually suffered a heart attack as she could not cope,” said her father.
Mr McAllister, who also has two sons, said he did not understand why the pair decided not to jab.
“I do not want [on] Whatever I am going through,” he told the BBC. “For the rest of my life, it will haunt me.”
In the weeks following her death, Ms Maddern shared a series of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media, as well as a post about nurses allegedly being threatened by employers if they didn’t have a jab. Was.
Mr McAllister urged “the weight of the people sitting there and not vaccinating” to reconsider his decision.
“They don’t know what they are leaving,” he said, adding that it is family and loved ones who have been left to “pick up the pieces.”
People should be vaccinated against Covid, Mr McAllister said: “I just want people to listen to experts sometimes, because that’s what they are: experts.”
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