Mum and daughter fighting Covid hold hands in final photo 24hrs before mum dies

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Coronavirus ravaged through one family and left them struggling to breathe.

Anabel Sharma has revealed a harrowing final photo with mum Maria Rico with them holding hands from their intesnive care beds.

But just 24 hours later, the 76-year-old mum was dead, writes The Mirror.

Anabel now warns: "Don't let this be you."

The 49-year-old added: “The speed Covid ravaged through our family was frightening. Anyone can get it and it’s roulette whether you will survive.

“If anyone is thinking about breaking the rules, I’d urge them to put themselves in my shoes and think about what it might be like to watch your mum die, or be told that you might not live.

“We were so careful as Mum lived with us. We had food delivered and I only ever did the school run. I never thought Covid would hit us – but it did. ”

In her final moments, Maria took off her oxygen mask to say goodbye to Anabel and her sister Susana, who was allowed on the ward in PPE.

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Maria, of Whitwick, Leics, was the last of her family to fall ill after Anabel's son Isaac, 12, contracted coronavirus following returning to school in September.

Maria, Anabel, her husband Bharat, 47, and her other sons Jacob, 22, and Noah, 10, all fell ill within days.

The mum and daughter were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary in mid-October and placed on oxygen a few beds away from each other.

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Two weeks later, doctors wheeled Maria’s bed next to Anabel’s, where the gran explained she had signed a Do Not Resuscitate order.

Anabel, who also tells her story on the Humans of Covid-19 Facebook page, said: “Mum was trying to talk. All I heard [was] ‘cremation’ and ‘ready to die’. I was crying but Mum was so brave.

“I asked doctors to take this picture. Then they took Mum back.”

The next day, doctors wheeled Anabel to her mum’s bedside and Maria died on November 1.

Anabel left hospital a month later but has badly damaged lungs and needs oxygen to get around.

  • Family
  • Coronavirus

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