A mother and daughter both died within days of each other from Covid on the same hospital ward, after they both refused the vaccine, leaving their family "to pick up the pieces."
Mum-of-four Sammie-Jo Forde, 32, died in the Ulster Hospital, Belfast on Saturday with no underlying health issues, according to her dad Kevin McAllister, who said he thought he would "never bury my daughter."
Her death came just two weeks after that of her mum Heather Maddern, 55, who passed away on August 31, just two beds away from her, The Mirror reports.
Kevin said the loss of both his daughter and his former partner had “shattered” his world as he called for people to get jabbed.
"I've lost my daughter, my best friend,” he said.
Ms Forde left behind her a husband and four children, the eldest of whom is 13 years old. She died from heart failure after contracting Covid-19.
Kevin lamented the pair's decision to remain unvaccinated, especially since they were both care workers themselves.
"These people who are not taking the Covid-19 injection – they're not thinking of the other people that they leave behind,” he said.
Mr McAllister said the rest of his family had been left to “pick up the pieces” after the tragic loss.
He urged the public to “listen to the experts” and get vaccinated.
Mr McAllister said his ex-partner Ms Maddern and his daughter were “very, very” close and had both worked and lived together.
The pair had been domiciliary care workers, who looked after elderly people in their own homes.
Ms Maddern’s funeral took place on Monday September 13, while her daughter's funeral in Holywood, County Down, takes place on Monday.
Mr McAllister told the BBC he had “never, never” thought he would have to bury his daughter.
Before she died, his daughter had been texting him from the hospital, and had informed him of her mother’s death.
"My daughter sent me a text message saying: 'Dad, Mummy's passed away'," he said, adding that they had been only two beds apart.
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