A son has described his “gut-wrenching pain” of losing his “beautiful” mum to coronavirus.
Heartbroken Stuart Hamlin filmed the emotional video which he uploaded to Facebook hours after his mum Tracy Foley passed away.
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Tracy had been admitted to hospital four days after she first showed symptoms of COVID-19.
During the video Stuart tells people that Coronavirus “is not a joke”.
“Losing someone is hard enough but not being able to hold your family close when you do is the most gut-wrenching pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” he sobs.
Stuart said that his mum Tracy was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich on Monday over fears she had contracted the bug.
He said: “I’m doing this because I want people to understand that this virus, this corona, is not a joke.
“I’ve made jokes about it, everybody has made jokes about it, I think that’s how we deal with it.
“We make light of hard situations.
“But Monday, mum got take to hospital. It looked like it was this corona.
And me, and dad, my brother and sister, all her family, just have to sit at home while she struggles in hospital on her own.
“And you can’t go near her, you can’t cuddle her, you can’t take anything.
“And you’re praying everyday that she’s going to come out, that she’s going to be all right, that everything is going to be okay.
“That was Monday. Now it’s Thursday and she’s gone.
“Just like that, she’s gone. And we can’t grieve, we can’t comfort each other, we can’t hold each other.
“Losing someone is hard enough but not being able to hold your family close when you do is the most gutwrenching pain I’ve ever felt in my life.
“There were so many things left to do and say that I didn’t get to do.
“These people have got to realise that this f****** thing ain’t playing.
“This is serious. I know loads of people that have died but it ain’t until it hits closer to home until you realise how f****** dangerous it is.
“I love you mum.”
Stuart also revealed how the word “brave” sums up his mum.
He wrote: “I hear people talk a lot about heroes and being brave.
“It’s a term that gets thrown about far to loosely. I’ll tell you what brave is.
My mum in her final moments her only concern was that we was all okay and made us promise to look after each other.
“So many people up and down the country have now seen your beautiful face and know what a truly amazing mother, Nan, wife, sister and auntie you really was.
“Sleep tight mum. We all love you so so much”
In a tribute on Facebook, he added: “It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know that our beautiful mum sadly went to sleep early hours of this morning after fighting this horrendous virus in hospital since Monday.
“I can’t even begin to explain the pain and grief this has caused our family, not being able to grieve or hold one another in this difficult time.
“It hurts so bad. It’s like a bad dream we can’t wake up from. Mum you was loved by so so many people.
“So many will miss your gentle, kind ways. How funny you was…’If your good I’ll let you make me a cuppa tea’
“You have no idea how much you have helped me In my darkest days, when I thought all hope was lost you held me and told me it was going to be ok.
“You’re arms wrapped tight around me, your head on my chest, squeezing me with what little strength you had left.
“I could feel how much you loved me. It flowed out of you like a rainbow.
“It made me feel like I was loved far beyond what words can describe.
“A feeling I will never forget so much I needed to do and say.
“So much more I wanted to do, and so much I can’t undo or change.
“I promise you I will look after Paul, Louise and Lee Iike you asked me to.
“And I will use every day I have left in this world to make you as proud as I possibly can.
“I am so thankful for the love you gave me even when I didn’t deserve it.