Daughter of Covid victim left with holes in lungs says ‘take disease seriously’

The daughter of a man who died after battling coronavirus has urged people to take the virus seriously.

Darren Madeley, 50, died at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield in January, seven weeks after testing positive and had no underlying health conditions.

He passed away after the virus left him with lungs "full of holes" and unable to breathe.

The joiner who caught Covid-19 in November was put on a ventilator before he died seven weeks after contracting the virus.

His daughter Amy Madeley was robbed of the chance of saying goodbye to him, YorkshireLive reports.

Speaking of his death, she said: "We only got a 30-second phone call before he went on the ventilator.

"He was gasping for breath and he was crying and I was crying.

"I said 'I love you so much, please fight this'. And he promised he would. That absolutely traumatised me.

"It turned out to be the last time I ever spoke to him."

Amy is now urging people to "take the virus seriously" and likened it to 'Russian roulette'.

She urged people who may be feeling frustrated by lockdown restrictions to "put that passion into protecting your family".

She said: "My dad was much loved by his children and grandchildren.

"He had a fiancee and step-children – he was a much-loved father, son, brother, grandfather, fiancee and stepfather.

"We've been left devastated and I want no other family to have to go through this – we will never understand why coronavirus took my dad.

"He was healthy, just a general 50-year-old man, sticking to all the coronavirus rules, but he didn’t get any help, so he had no choice but to work.

"My dad was confident that if he got it he’d be fine and thought that if he got it he’d get over it.

"We still don’t understand why Covid took my dad.

"He was an amazing man who was loved by absolutely everyone who knew him."

Darren contracted the virus with other members of his family who all recovered quickly

He was admitted to hospital and was sent home days later after showing signs of recovery.

But just 10 days after being discharged, he was admitted once more, and deteriorated quickly.

Darren had no underlying health conditions – which medics have suggested could mean people are more prone to dying from the virus.

He passed away with fiancée Jayne and daughter Laura by his side on January 15 after spending both Christmas and New Year alone.

Amy says that her family’s loss has been made even more painful by social distancing rules, which mean many members of her extended family have been unable to see each other, as they live in different households.

She said: "The pain that we’ve been through since he got poorly has been awful.

"It’s a pain we don’t wish on anybody.

"We couldn’t even be together as a family. We can’t grieve, because we’re not allowed to. I hope no one else ever has to know how it feels.

"I could never understand how it felt to lose a parent, but now I know and I wish I didn’t have to."

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