UK Man Tells of How His Mother, a Former Nurse with Chronic Asthma, Died from Coronavirus

Kareena Koirala
Mar 31, 2020
12:00 A.M.
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A bereaved son shared his heartrending experience of having to watch his mother suffer through the novel coronavirus before finally passing away with the disease.


47-year-old Michael Hardy from Harrow, UK took to social media to share an emotional account of how his mother, Rachael, 83, passed away after suffering through COVID-19.

Michael's mom became popular on social media after he shared her story on his Facebook page, where she got over thousands of shares and views from people worldwide.



Following her demise on March 20, the grief-stricken son honored her memory on Facebook by stating that his mother made "a huge impact and helped people come together" by making them realize the seriousness of the disease.

"After 45,000 views and over 1000 shares, she is I’d imagine the most popular [COVID-19] victim on the planet."


Meanwhile, Michael's brother, Angelo, also opened up to the "Sun" about the "pure torture" that their family went through when Rachael was struggling in the hospital.

“Mum was trying to tell us lots of things but she couldn’t get it out, she was struggling. I think she was aware of what was happening."



Michael further added that Rachael's condition worsened quickly and rapidly almost as if she was "deteriorating" in front of their eyes. In fact, even just a few hours prior to her death, Michael had recorded himself giving her an "elbow high-five."

The heartbroken son explained that the experience of watching his mother suffer felt like suffocating to death, with a sudden lack of breath.


While Michael and Angelo were both with Rachael when the unfortunate happened, her third son, Paul, could not be with her in her last moments.

In another social media post that Michael shared, he opened up about a letter that Paul wrote to his mother. However, Rachael passed away before Michael could read it to her.

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As coronavirus tests and diagnosis continue to rise around the globe, several heartbreaking stories of people's experience with the disease have come out.

A few days ago, another man from North Wales also passed away after developing coronavirus symptoms. Tragically, the man was staying all alone in self-isolation at the time of his death.


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