Lil, 96, pays tribute to her twin sister Doris who was killed by Covid

Lil, 96, pays tribute to her twin sister Doris who was killed by Covid

January 27, 2021

‘She was the only one I ever had’: One of Britain’s oldest identical twins Lil, 96, pays tribute to her sister Doris who was killed by Covid and says thousands have faced what they have after Britain’s death toll hit 100,000

  • Lilian Cox, 96, and sister Doris Hobday, from Tipton, fell ill at the start of January 
  • The twins were both admitted to hospital but Doris sadly died on January 5
  • Lilian appeared paid tribute to her sister, saying she was ‘the only one I ever had’

One of Britain’s oldest identical twins has paid tribute to her sister after her death from coronavirus.  

Lilian Cox, 96, and her sister Doris Hobday, from Tipton, West Midlands, both tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month. 

The twins, who live in neighbouring flats, were both admitted to hospital but Doris sadly died on January 5. 

Lilian had spoken to her sister over the phone, begging her to ‘fight for her life’, but was utterly heartbroken after learning of Doris’s death.  

The surviving twin appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today with her great-grandson Brayden Clarke, and she paid tribute to her sister, saying she was ‘the only one I ever had’.

Lilian Cox appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today with her great-grandson Brayden Clarke, and she paid tribute to her sister, saying she was ‘the only one I ever had’

She told presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: ‘Well you’ve got to make the best of it haven’t you… [there’s] no bringing her back.’ 

Lilian added: ‘Well there was only me and her for how many years.’

Great-grandson Brayden said it had been ‘very hard’ and ‘very emotional’ for the family, but in a way it helped bring them together to remember what’s important. 

Lilian said Doris was ‘the only one I ever had’, adding that ‘thousands’ had gone through what she had gone through amid the pandemic.   

She said that some people had not been taking the virus seriously enough, and people ‘don’t really notice until you’ve got it yourself’. 

Piers Morgan offered his condolences for Lilian’s loss, saying everyone at Good Morning Britain was ‘just so sorry about Doris’. 

Lilian Cox and her sister Doris Hobday, from Tipton, West Midlands, both fell ill a few days into the New Year, when each tested positive for Covid-19. Doris (right) died on January 5

Tragically just two days after her death, Doris’s vaccine appointment letter arrived in the post.   

Lilian had said earlier this week that if the nationwide lockdown had been enforced earlier, ‘then there would not have been half as many deaths’.

‘These things happen for a reason but it’s not fair. We came into the world together,’ Lilian told the Sunday People. 

She added: ‘The nurses and doctors were fantastic but Boris is a bloody w*****.’ 

Doris, who had no children, was admitted to hospital for the first time in her life after contracting coronavirus. 

The family said that Lilian had endured the ‘fight of her life’ for two weeks but recovered enough to be discharged, when she was strong enough to be told of her sister’s death.

The sisters were close throughout their lives and lived in Tipton for 94 years. 

Lilian had five children but raised them mainly as a single mum. She has 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

The blow has left the nonagenarian ‘in shock’ but also angry at Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his handling of the pandemic

They became social media stars – followed by almost 25,000 people on Facebook – after a series of uproarious press and television interviews following their 95th birthday celebrations

They became social media stars – followed by almost 25,000 people on Facebook – after a series of uproarious press and television interviews following their 95th birthday celebrations.

These included one appearance on Good Morning Britain early in the pandemic where Lilian told host Piers Morgan their longevity was down to ‘plenty of sex’.

In a statement, relatives of the sisters – dubbed the Tipton Twins after the Black Country town where they lived for nearly all of their lives – said they were ‘totally heartbroken to lose Doris in this way’. 

Lilian’s granddaughter Kerry Clarke, 35, said her grandmother was ‘in shock’ over her sibling’s death.

‘She can’t believe it because she’s okay and Doris didn’t make it,’ Mrs Clarke told the Mirror. ‘It’s heartbreaking, she keeps looking up at the sky.’

Mrs Clarke, from Hagley, Worcestershire, appealed for the public to have a blood finger oximeter in their home, saying the family didn’t realise until Doris was admitted to hospital that her oxygen levels were deteriorating.

‘If Doris had gone into hospital a week before she might have had a chance,’ she added. 

The sisters have lived next door to each other ever since and were stunned to have contracted the virus as they had shielded at home over the Christmas period. 

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