FOUR members of the same family have died from CovidJanuary 27, 2021
FOUR members of the same family have died from Covid since they met up in Christmas bubble, grieving partner of one of the victims reveals
- Tracy Latham, 50, believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ‘blood on his hands’
- Her partner of 12 years, his parents and his uncle all died after catching the virus
- The family members caught the virus after a Christmas Day meet-up
Four members of the same family have died from coronavirus since a Christmas Day meet-up bubble, the grieving partner of one of the victims has revealed
Mother-of-three Tracy Latham, 50, says she believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ‘blood on his hands’ after her partner, his parents and his uncle all passed away after catching the disease.
The family, who had been shielding since March, met up on Christmas Day after the Government relaxed rules and allowed households to meet for one day only.
Ms Latham, from Mackworth, Derby, says her life has been ruined after the ‘horrendous’ loss of her partner, Darren Fisher, 48.
Tracy Latham (pictured with her partner Darren Fisher), 50, says she believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ‘blood on his hands’ after her partner, his parents and his uncle all passed away after catching the disease
The pair had been due to get married in July this year after spending 12 years together, during which time Mr Fisher helped raise three of Ms Latham’s children from a previous relationship into adulthood.
Ms Latham, believes her partner caught the disease when he went to his parents’ house in Allenton for just two hours.
Over the course of the following week, Mr Fisher, his parents Pat and David Fisher, aged 79 and 82, and his uncle, Michael Wilson, who was in his early 70s, all tested positive for the disease.
All of them have now passed away and another of Mr Fisher’s uncles, Geoffrey, who also caught the disease is still recovering after becoming seriously ill.
The family, who had been shielding since March, met up on Christmas Day after the Government relaxed rules and allowed households to meet for one day only. Pictured: Darren with his parents, Pat and David Fisher
Ms Latham says the only member of the family who had an underlying health condition was Pat, who had diabetes.
Things began to go wrong when Pat, who fell and hurt her leg on Boxing Day, was admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital on December 27.
Darren’s uncle, Michael Wilson, who died with Covid
‘She began to feel tired and rundown,’ Tracey said.
‘A few days later, she tested positive for coronavirus as her condition got worse.’
Things then got even worse when Mr Fisher began to display symptoms of the disease.
‘Darren got a bit of a cold and began to struggle to breathe,’ Ms Latham said.
‘He was really struggling to breathe and we phoned an ambulance on December 29.
‘On the Friday I got a phone call from Darren to say they were going to put him on a ventilator.
‘I told him to get himself right, and those were the last words I said to him. He was on the ventilator for nine days.’
What Mr Fisher wouldn’t have known at that point is his mother and father had already passed away, on January 6 and January 4 respectively.
Their son did not recover, and passed away on January 11, with his uncle Michael dying several days afterwards.
Pat, Darren and Michael all died at the Royal Derby Hospital in the space of a week while David, who had dementia, passed away at a respite home he had been placed in while Pat was in hospital.
Pat, Darren (pictured with Ms Latham) and Michael all died at the Royal Derby Hospital in the space of a week while David, who had dementia, passed away at a respite home he had been placed in while Pat was in hospital
David tested positive for Covid after he died and Ms Latham believes he is the person who passed it onto Geoffrey, who went round to help him while Pat was in hospital.
A date for their funerals has not yet been set, with arrangements being put on hold until Geoffrey is well enough to organise them.
Ms Latham is still reeling after losing the man she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with and lays the blame at the Government’s door.
‘I wish that Boris had said nobody could visit each other at Christmas,’ she said.
‘Then to stand up and say I’m sorry for all those lives that have been lost, he hasn’t got a clue.
Darren, left, with brother Andrew, who died in 2019 of a bleed on the brain, with his parents Pat and David Fisher. The picture was taken on David Fisher’s 80th birthday
‘The Government hasn’t done enough – the lockdown was too little too late. I believe they’ve got blood on their hands and no amount of standing there is going to change it.
‘That’s not going to bring my loved ones back. He helped me bring my three kids up for 12 years.
‘He had worked at Sainsbury’s for 18 years and people would always say he had a smile on face.
A date for their funerals has not yet been set, with arrangements being put on hold until Geoffrey is well enough to organise them. Pictured: Ms Latham and Mr Fisher
‘They were a lovely family – the best mum and dad you could hope for. Their door was always open for you. There were a complete Derby family and so kind.
‘Darren was a Derby County fan, it was his life. He went to every game he could with his friends and he loved watching the darts.’
She has a stark stark warning for people who she thinks aren’t taking the pandemic seriously.
‘We are just all shocked and devastated,’ Ms Latham said.
‘Please, you really need to take this seriously. Darren’s mum and dad shielded for nearly a year and thought they were safe and well.
‘It shows it can happen to anybody in the blink of an eye.’
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