St John Ambulance chief’s agony over not being able to save his own father


The nation head of ambulance operations at St John Ambulance has revealed his pain at his father’s death from coronavirus.

Dan Bevis shared the heartbreaking news on social media in a post in which he spoke of his sorrow at not being able to save him.

Mr Bevis wrote: ‘Yesterday I lost my dad to coronavirus. I’m broken as are my mum, brother and sister. He fought so many health problems, but couldn’t fight this one.’

The hero medic’s tweet has been liked more than 10,000 times and he ended the post by urging people to observe lockdown rules.

Pictured: Dan Bevis

Mr Bevis (right) wrote: ‘Yesterday I lost my dad (left) to coronavirus. I’m broken as are my mum, brother and sister. He fought so many health problems, but couldn’t fight this one.’

He said: ‘For those you hold dear, please follow the advice. As a paramedic, I couldn’t save my Dad and that tears me apart.’

Hundreds of social media users have passed on their condolences, including Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid, who wrote: ‘So so sorry, Dan.’

Fellow paramedic, Matt Stevens, said: ‘Dan, I’m so sorry to hear this. All my love and thoughts to you and your family.’

Kevin Marriott, tweeted: ‘Thoughts very much with you — I lost my disabled brother last week.’

Covid-19 deaths in the UK yesterday reached more than 11,000 after 717 more people lost their lives.

There have been 88,621 cases in Britain — up from 84,279 infections on Sunday as the nation enters its fourth week of lockdown.

Terrified frontline staff after now begging for Personal Protective Equipment — with one nurse saying they were having to reuse a plastic apron and mask amid the crisis.

It comes as NHS staff were forced to fly in their own supplies of visors, masks and gowns after raising millions through crowdfunding.  

The group, started by a team of NHS doctors, received a delivery of 100,000 visors this weekend, which were yesterday delivered to hospitals. 

It has also ordered more than 70,000 units of gowns and masks to be delivered around the country this week.

Meanwhile Cambridge University has launched an appeal to raise £5million to buy personal protective equipment from China for local hospitals and social care staff.

Father, wife and daughter die of coronavirus within a fortnight as nursery worker, 21, is denied life-saving transplant after testing positive for Covid-19

By Sebastian Murphy-Bates, Danyal Hussain, Hayley Richardson and Martin Robinson for MailOnline

A family has been left devastated after a father, 84, his wife, 82, and their daughter, 62, all died from coronavirus within two weeks of each other. 

Keith and Jean MacVicar from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire died of the killer illness a fortnight ago and, shortly after, their daughter Jayne developed symptoms. 

Her younger brother Richard, 60, charted her battle with the illness on Facebook, calling on friends to pray for her recovery.

Sadly, mother-of-two Jayne passed away from the virus on Saturday, with Richard writing: ‘It’s with heartbreaking regret to say Jayne has lost her battle for life.

Jean MacVicar, 82 (right), with her daughter and mother-of-two Jean, 62 (left). Both mother and daughter have died of coronavirus, within a fortnight of each other

Jean MacVicar, 82 (right), with her daughter and mother-of-two Jean, 62 (left). Both mother and daughter have died of coronavirus, within a fortnight of each other

Keith MacVicar, 84 (left), with his son Richard, 60 (right). Keith, his wife Jean, 82, and his daughter Jayne, 62, have all died from coronavirus

Keith MacVicar, 84 (left), with his son Richard, 60 (right). Keith, his wife Jean, 82, and his daughter Jayne, 62, have all died from coronavirus

‘At least we have the comfort of knowing she is back with mum and dad.

‘To lose half your family in the space of two weeks feels like someone has cut me open and stolen my heart. So, so wrong.’

Before her death, Jayne, a former Staffordshire Police crime analyst, had posted multiple messages on Facebook urging friends to obey social distancing measures. 

She even swapped her profile picture for one that read: ‘Stay home, it could save lives.’

The family are now facing three funerals, with Richard telling friends: ‘It’s like a horror movie for the rest of us.’ 

It’s unclear if the parents and their daughter had any underlying health conditions. 

Before her death within days of her parents, Jayne, a former Staffordshire Police crime analyst, had posted multiple messages on Facebook urging friends to obey social distancing measures

Before her death within days of her parents, Jayne, a former Staffordshire Police crime analyst, had posted multiple messages on Facebook urging friends to obey social distancing measures

Heartbroken son Richard posted on Facebook: 'To lose half your family (pictured is father Keith) in the space of two weeks feels like someone has cut me open and stolen my heart. So, so wrong'

Heartbroken son Richard posted on Facebook: ‘To lose half your family (pictured is father Keith) in the space of two weeks feels like someone has cut me open and stolen my heart. So, so wrong’

The tragic deaths come as Britain’s coronavirus death toll surged past 10,000 yesterday, marking a grim milestone in the country’s epidemic.

A further 737 people lost their lives yesterday, bringing the total number of fatalities up to 10,612 as of Easter Sunday.

Cases also hit 84,279 after an additional 5,288 were diagnosed with the infection following 18,000 new tests, down slightly from Saturday.

Only the United States, France, Italy and Spain have officially broken the 10,000-death threshold, making the UK among the worst-hit places on the planet.

Amid the bleak figures, there was a glimmer of good news as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital after fighting for his life with the virus.

A nursery worker who was waiting for a life-saving liver operation has died after being taken off the transplant list when she tested positive for coronavirus in hospital.

Katie Horne, from Burgess Hill, was admitted around four weeks ago with a severe liver condition. 

The 21-year-old from West Sussex went to Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath where it became apparent she needed a transplant.

Pictured: Katie Horne, who was denied a transplant

Katie Horne (pictured) died on Saturday

Katie Horne (pictured) from Burgess Hill was taken off the transplant list when she tested positive for coronavirus 

She was then transferred to King’s College Hospital in London, where she tested positive for coronavirus, her sister Emma told the BBC. 

Ms Horne then wasn’t able to go on the transplant list and struggled with both the liver condition and coronavirus for 12 days. She was not using a ventilator during her stay. 

Her death comes as:

  • Britain’s death toll rose by 737 to surge past 10,000 with one expert warning it was set to be the highest in Europe; 
  • It emerged the Cabinet is split over when to end the lockdown, with growing concerns about the impact of school closures; 
  • Michael Gove revealed he had been granted special dispensation to have his daughter tested for the virus so he could get back to work; 
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury urged that the dead be treated with dignity; 
  • Ministers admitted that only 4,200 of 300,000 small firms had been given loans; 
  • The Royal College of Nursing told its members to refuse to treat patients if they didn’t have adequate protective clothing; 
  • Some Britons flouted lockdown rules and were seen soaking up the sun in the nation’s parks; 
  • Health Secretary Hancock said he did not have any update on how many NHS staff had died following the 19 he confirmed on Saturday; 
  • The Queen stressed the importance of maintaining the coronavirus lockdown, but insisted: ‘Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever’. 

All organ donors are tested for coronavirus with transplants from infected patients being stopped to minimise risk.

Since the measures came in on March 31, the NHS have prevented some life-saving organs from being transplanted to recipients to stop the spread of the virus.

Donations are not known to transmit the killer bug, but transplant recipients are immuno-suppressed to prevent organ rejection.

Ms Horne’s family say they are ‘completely devastated’ by her death after he life ended on Saturday. 

Emma wants her ‘bubbly’ sister’s tragic death to be a ‘wake-up call’ for people to take the pandemic seriously. She said: ‘People need to understand how serious this is.’

Speaking about her sister, she said: ‘If anyone needed anything, you could always count on Kate to be there. She was so full of life and happy. We just can’t believe it — we are absolutely devastated.’

Her heartbroken boyfriend, Jamie Carter, shared his sorrow on Facebook, writing: ‘It’s with great sadness that we have to inform all of Kate’s friends that she sadly passed away this morning at 5.45am of a short illness and contributing to her death is this devastating coronavirus. She will always be loved and will forever be in our hearts.’

Tilly Carter, a friend of Katie’s, also wrote on Facebook: ‘Heaven gained another angel. She will always be loved and will forever be in our hearts.’ 

 

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