Heartbreaking moment wife had just 15 minutes to say goodbye to partner of 15 years after he died of coronavirus – The Sun
A WIFE has revealed the heartbreaking moment she had just 15 minutes to say goodbye to her husband of 15 years before he died of coronavirus.
Joanna Parker, from Romford, in East London, visited her dying husband Keith after the dad-of-four was given just hours to live.
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She described the moment as "as something out of a film" as she arrived at Queen's Hospital, being given gloves, a gown and a face mask before she could sit with Keith.
Her husband was in the Covid-19 ward as he was transferred to intensive care after contracting the virus.
Keith's family have said Joanna was given just 15 minutes to say goodbye before he died in the early hours of Easter Sunday, April 12.
His daughter Taylor said: "It was only my mum who could spend 15 minutes with him to say goodbye. It was really hard.
"They said that we needed to get here and come down. They said it could be a matter of three or 24 hours.
"I stayed in the car in the hospital car park so there was someone when she came out.
"She went in and said it was the most horrible thing she has ever seen.
"That entire ward of 38 other people, it was something out of the films she said, it was absolutely horrible.
"She didn't get to hug him or kiss him, she was gloved up and wearing the other things and that horrible face mask."
The family have set up a gofundme page to raise money to give the "wonderful father, husband and grandfather" the "send off that he deserves".
In a message written by Taylor on Joanna's behalf, she said: "I have to say it was one of the hardest days of my life and with this dreadful virus my hubby had to die alone with none of us around him slowly suffering alone struggling to catch every last breath that he had.
"'I had to be all masked and dressed up I could only hold his hand I could not stroke his face or kiss him one last time. I had to just sit there watching him struggle to breath.
"When I left all I could do was wave bye watching him looking at me as I leave and knowing this was the last time I would ever see him."
Keith had only one lung along with chronic asthma and diabetes.
The family had tried to protect him during the outbreak, but he fell ill on April 6.
His condition deteriorated in just four days – being left unable to speak as the virus attacked his breathing on Good Friday.
Keith was taken to hospital, and Taylor said the family assumed he would pull through.
But then by Easter Sunday he stopped breathing and had to be put on a ventilator.
And just three hours later they got a call telling him they had between "three and 24 hours" to say goodbye.
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Taylor said London Ambulance Service refused to take Keith – who they said was high risk – to hospital when they first called on April 6 as he was "breathing fine".
In a statement, LAS said: "We are working incredibly hard in these unprecedented times to look after Londoners."
The service added: "We would like to express our sympathy to the family at this very difficult time."
Britain today saw the death toll rise to 18,738 with the total number of cases across the country nearing 140,000.
It came as health secretary Matt Hancock promised to expand testing to all seven million key workers and their families.
Mr Hancock also warned of the dangers of lifting the lockdown too soon after chief medical officer Chris Whitty admitted measures could roll on into 2021.
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