- Sami-Jo Ford’s mother-in-law, 32, died last Saturday at Ulster Hospital near Belfast
- His mother Heather Maddern (55) had died 11 days earlier on 31 August in the same hospital ward.
- Miss Ford’s father Kevin McAllister tells BBC radio he has ‘lost my daughter, my best friend’
- Ms Maddern shared a series of Covid-19 conspiracy theories in the weeks before her death
An anti-vaxxer British mother and her daughter have died in hospital less than a fortnight after both refused to ‘devastate’ their family before contracting the coronavirus.
Sammy-Jo Ford, 32, died last Saturday at Ulster Hospital near Belfast, only 11 days after her 55-year-old mother, Heather Maddern, died in the same ward on 31 August.
Miss Ford’s father, Kevin McAllister, said it ‘would haunt me for the rest of my life’ that his daughter did not take the vaccine – adding that she left behind four children, Max, Ruby, Milo and Daisy.
Both Miss Forde and Miss Modern – who were only two beds away from each other in the hospital – were care workers who looked after elderly people in their homes.
Miss Ford, who had no underlying health condition, was texting her father while being treated in the hospital and told him: ‘Dad, mom passed away.’
Mr McAllister, who also has two sons, said he did not understand why neither his daughter nor Ms Maddern, his former partner, decided not to take the jab.
Ms Maddern shared a series of Covid-19 conspiracy theories in the weeks before her death, and a post about nurses threatened her with dismissal if she did not respond.
She also shared videos of American conservative commentator and activist Candace Owens talking about what to do if your employer is forcing you to do so, and another woman talking about why kids shouldn’t get the vaccine.
Since both Miss Forde and Miss Modern were care workers, they will be among the first groups to be offered the jab when the rollout begins.
Some workers are now getting boosters in England ahead of the government’s requirement for all care home staff to have their first vaccine by 11 November.
Kevin McAllister is pictured with his daughter Sammy-Jo Ford, who died at Ulster Hospital
Miss Forday (right), 32, dies of her mother Heather Maddern (left), 55. 11 days after last saturday
A funeral for Ms Maddern, who lived at Groomsport, was held three days earlier on Monday – while a service for Miss Ford is due next Monday.
In an emotional interview, Mr McAllister explained BBC Radio Ulster Presenter Stephen Nolan Yesterday: ‘Last weekend has been the worst weekend of my life.
Tragedy of loved ones who refused to let go of covid
Matthew Keenan tells friends he ‘wish he had a jaw’
A self-confessed vaccine skeptic said ‘if he could turn back in time’ after he died of the virus at the age of 34 after being hospitalized with Covid-19 in July ‘.
After being hospitalized at Bradford Royal Infirmary and in an induced coma to save him, Matthew Keenan told friends he wanted him to pocket his own.
Dr Lean Chen, a respiratory consultant at the hospital, shared a photo of him in an oxygen mask and attached to a ventilator as he fought for his life.
Glenn Barratt tells nurses he wishes he had been given a jaw
A 51-year-old man, who opted not to have a jab, died with Covid-19, his last words to the bedside nurses and doctors: ‘I wish I had.’
Glenn Barratt of Cleethorps, Lincolnshire, is believed to have caught the coronavirus while watching England vs Croatia at a venue in June during Euro 2020.
By mid-April more than 50 people had been offered a jab, but they didn’t pick it up and died in hospital after fighting the virus for weeks.
42-year-old John Ayers dies of Kovid-19
A fit and healthy 42-year-old father with a love of rock climbing and bodybuilding died of Covid-19 after being denied a vaccine because he thought he would be cured if he caught the virus, says his twin sister he said.
John Ayers, a construction specialist in Southport, Merseyside, was climbing Welsh mountains and wooded camp a month before his death last week, just four weeks after he tested positive.
Her twin sister Jenny McCann from London said she was ‘the fittest, healthiest person I know’ and thought she would only have a ‘mild illness’ if she contracted the coronavirus, adding that she would have to “get her sick”. He believed in immortality. Mrs McCann said Mr Ayers had “no underlying health condition” but added that he had asthma.
‘My daughter passed away on Saturday, Covid-19. Her mummy was buried yesterday, she had COVID-19, and the two never took a Covid-19 injection.
‘My daughter was 32 years old and had four children. To make matters worse, today was his eldest son’s birthday. He will turn 13 today.
‘So these people who are not getting their COVID-19 injections are not thinking about the other people they are leaving behind.
‘I’ve lost my daughter, my best friend, all I have is memories of her, motorbike racing, fishing, driving diggers, that’s all I have.
‘She’s getting buried next Monday – and I can’t give her a kiss-off. I do not wish this on anyone, for you to be with your own family, which I have suffered.
‘I’m back at work today to make up my mind, but next Monday, I have to bury my firstborn, my best friend, my daughter, and I can never quite get out of my mind why she did it. Didn’t climb This will haunt me for the rest of my life.
‘And don’t get me wrong, Sammy-Jo has a lot of great friends and has raised money to help their kids. He has raised up to £10,000. I can’t thank them enough, but I wish these people were sitting there… injections, corruption… that’s bullshit on Facebook. Had she taken it, she and her mother would be alive today.
‘Whatever I am doing, I will not wish anyone. For the rest of my life, it will haunt me. I just wish the people out there would listen sometime…