Nurse Heartbroken After Unvaccinated Mother Dies of COVID at Hospital Where She Works

A nurse has described her heartache after her mother who thought that COVID "isn't real" died of the virus at the same hospital where she had been working on providing vaccines.

Amy Crosby, from Middlesbrough, North East England, posted pictures of her 57-year-old mother Geraldine on Twitter on August 18, confirming she had died of complications from COVID-19 despite having no pre-existing conditions.

Crosby added that she and her mother had a "strained relationship over the last 18 months" which was mainly due to her not believing COVID was real and that the vaccines were "dangerous."

"She's spent the last month of her life without any family around her and her last memories were of sheer terror at having to be intubated and not knowing if she would wake up," Crosby wrote.

"As a nurse who's been working on the covid vaccine roll out at the same hospital she died at today, I can't tell you how painful this preventable loss is for our family."

Crosby said she is sharing the news of her mother's death and the pain the family is currently going through in the hope that "even just one person with these ludicrous dangerous beliefs can rethink, reconsider sharing this warped 'evidence' and get the vaccine to prevent their families having to go through what we are now."

She added: "I will be eternally thankful for the staff of James Cook Hospital who have battled so desperately to save her. You are all heroes."

Crosby ended her message with a tribute to her mother, writing: "Good night Mam, I love you and will remember the happier times, I hope you are at peace now."


— Amy Crosby (@Amy_EvolveCM) August 18, 2021

The success of the vaccine rollout in the U.K. has been attributed to the number of deaths significantly falling despite the Delta variant resulting in tens of thousands of new cases being reported for the past several weeks.

More than 41 million people have received both doses of the vaccine in the U.K., accounting for more than 75 percent of the population.

On Sunday, there were 32,253 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the U.K, with 49 deaths. This is compared to the 32,058 new cases reported on Saturday and 104 deaths.

In January, the U.K was regularly reporting more than 1000 COVID deaths a day while recording between 25,000 and 60,000 new cases.

On Monday, the British government released NHS footage of patients discussing their long COVID symptoms while continuing to urge teenagers and young adults to get the vaccine.

Figures show people aged 18 to 34 currently make up more than 20 percent of those admitted to hospital with COVID as the Delta variant continues to spread.

Quincy Dwamena, a 31-year-old videographer and support worker, spent two weeks in hospital with COVID-19 after putting off getting the vaccine.

"I'm a healthy, young guy. I went to the gym often and have no underlying health concerns," he said. "I put off getting the vaccine because I thought the way I was living my life would mean there would be little to no chance of me catching the virus, or it would have little effect.

"But I ended up being hospitalized and thought I was going to die. My advice is to get the vaccine: don't put yourself and others at risk, I wish I'd got mine as soon as it was offered."

Megan Higgins, a 25-year-old special needs tutor, added: "I'm young and fit but I was bed-bound for seven months with COVID-19. Before I caught the virus, I was super active and had no health concerns, but I now suffer with asthma which I didn't have before and a number of allergies.

"I fear I'll never be the same again but I'm making progress and I'm very grateful that I'm still alive. Please get vaccinated if you haven't already."

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(File photo) Nurse Practitioner Terri Welch administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at the Haxby and Wigginton Group Medical Practice in Haxby, northern England on December 22, 2020. A nurse has described how her anti-vaccine mother has died of COVID in the same hospital where she worked providing doses to people. DIDIER PALLAGES / AFP/Getty Images