The entire family was infected with the coronavirus after one of Anabel Sharma’s children brought back bed bugs from school.
Maria Rico, 76, is still living in the last moments after knowing that she and her entire family were diagnosed with the coronavirus. When she was lying on the bed, she had one last wish. She asked the doctor if he could take off the oxygen mask, hold his daughter’s hand, and tell her to love her one last time. Her daughter Anabel Sharma also contracted the virus.They have been taken to the Coronavirus Ward of Leicester Royal Infirmary. The doctors moved the bed close to each other so that they could hold hands. The doctor warned Maria Rico that she would not have much time after she took off the mask, but she was ready.Anabel Sharma said her mother told her things you’d want to hear a parent say before they passed away. A photo captured a quiet moment the pair shared. “When they took us to mum she asked them to remove her mask and they said to her as soon as we do this you aren’t going to have very long and she just nodded,” said Anabel later on Good Morning Britain. “We did have five minutes with her. She just said everything that you would want your mother to say. She said she loved us, was proud of us, and I had to keep fighting to get home to my children, and, equally we told her we would hold her hands until she fell unconscious and we held her hands until she passed away,” added Anabel Sharma, reported The Mirror.
'You can only control your own environment but if we all did that sensibly then perhaps it wouldn't be this bad.'
Anabel Sharma, who lay side-by-side in intensive care with her mother as she died from Covid shares an important message.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 5, 2021
“I was really fortunate. After that photograph was taken my mum had to be taken back to her bed because they’d removed her from her monitors to come and speak to me,” said Anabel, reported The Sun. Maria Rico died on November 1. She couldn’t attend her mother’s funeral either and had to watch it online. “Too unwell to attend her funeral, I watched it via live stream. I was alone, as were my family, we couldn’t comfort each other, it broke my already fragile heart,” said Anabel. She posted the image online and wrote, “Don’t let this be you.”
It all started in September when Anabel’s son was infected with the virus at school. Her husband Bharat (Bharat) and other sons (22 years old) and Noah (10 years old) also contracted the virus.Anabel left the hospital a month later but her lungs were severely damaged and now required oxygen to move around. During her stay at the hospital, she had to wear a plastic hood 24/7 for four weeks that forced oxygen into her lungs. “It felt like sticking your head out of a car going at 30mph, it was noisy, I couldn’t see, hear, and they fed me though an opening on the side of the hood,” said Anabel.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen. It was devastating.”
Anabel Sharma had the agony of watching her mother Maria Rico die as they lay in hospital beds, in the same ward. Annabel, a mother herself, is now left with permanent lung damage. pic.twitter.com/wrdkfCYQ63
— Channel 5 News (@5_News) January 5, 2021
She is now hoping to warn others about the dangers of the disease. “My message certainly would be that for me, I genuinely thought if I was to catch the virus it wouldn’t affect me as much as it did. Even when the ambulances arrived to take us to the hospital and I was wheeled up to intensive care, I remember asking the doctors if I was going to die. I genuinely expected them to say no… his answer was that he didn’t know whether I was going to die or not. That for me was the moment I thought everything was over,” said Anabel.
With Coronavirus cases spiking, she warned that finding a hospital bed could be difficult as she found it. “We only got our beds because four patients died that day, freeing up spaces,” said Anabel. “My nightmares are terrifying and I wake up screaming and crying, I don’t feel like me anymore! I can’t walk 5 meters without getting breathless and am fatigued all the time. I am sharing this in the hope you think twice about your choices.”
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