Son’s heartbreak as mum, dad and brother die of Covid a week after family dinner

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A mum, dad and son have all died from Covid-19 within the space of a week, leaving the family heartbroken.

Shaul Goncalves, 40, his dad Basil, 73, and mum Charmagne, 65, all succumbed to the killer virus after becoming unwell following a family dinner last month.

Now Shaul's brother Francis said his family, who were in Portugal, did not get their coronavirus jabs because they been scared by anti-vaccine "misinformation".

He hopes sharing their devastating story will save lives by encouraging others to get the vaccine rather than being put off by conspiracy theorists.

Francis, who lives in Cardiff, told WalesOnline: "Dad went to hospital on July 6 for kidney stones, we think he picked Covid up there.

"On Thursday (July 8) my parents had dinner at my brother's apartment he shares with his girlfriend and they started to feel very ill that weekend."

Francis said it became difficult to get hold of his parents, but eventually he found out his dad had been moved to intensive care.

He made plans to fly over to be with them in Portugal, but as he waited for the results of his Covid test he needed to travel, he received a message saying his brother had been rushed to hospital.

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Within days all three of his closest family members were dead. They were buried on August 1 in Lisbon, where there is an area set aside for Covid-related deaths.

Francis said: "I went over to Portugal with the intention of looking after our parents after hearing my brother was ill. It's literally been a push from one day to the next to get things done, but you just have to sort it out and get it done.

"You're just gritting your teeth and pushing through and if you manage to get a pause, it becomes a flood of emotion.

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"They got caught up in a lot of anti-vaccination propaganda that's going around. It preys on people who are afraid and they fall into the trap.

"The message I want to get out is why would the government want to hurt you by giving you a vaccine.

"What is the purpose behind it? I've spoken to so many people who are terrified of the vaccine and it costs lives."

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