A Covid-stricken father told his fiancée on Facetime, "Don't let me sleep, I won't wake up" before falling into a coma and then dying.
Leon Boase, 40, who had no health issues, was afraid he wouldn't wake up before being sedated, said his devastated partner Nichola Jennison.
The couple had self-isolated after they both contracted the virus in early November.
Mr Boase, who seldom drank and did not smoke, initially showed no symptoms but was rushed to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire on November 12 with excruciating stomach pain.
Ms. Jennison, 38, said, "His last words to me were," Don't fall asleep, I won't wake up. "I'll never forget that. It was so heartbreaking to hear, but I told him to stop being stupid and he would be home soon."
While the UK is seeing a record high of 55,892 coronavirus cases and 964 deaths, Ms. Jennison spoke about how quickly he went from healthy to seriously ill.
He was put on a ventilator within 24 hours and spent the next four weeks fighting for his life in the intensive care unit while his helpless family watched.
Leon Boase, 40, was afraid he wouldn't wake up before falling into a coma in a North Yorkshire hospital, said his devastated partner Nichola Jennison (both pictured above).
Mr. Boase pictured with his family. Doctors only gave him a one percent chance of survival, but said he would need a lung transplant, which was not available at the time
During this time, Mr. Boase was twice diagnosed with pneumonia and his kidneys also began to fail.
Doctors only gave him a one percent chance of survival, but said he would need a lung transplant, which was not available at the time.
Mr Boase, a forklift operator from Ormesby, Middlesbrough, died on December 13th.
Ms. Jennison was heartbroken on FaceTime for the last time she spoke to her partner after one of the nurses called her.
“I just can't understand what happened. He never smoked, he didn't drink, he didn't go out, he was always so careful, but now he's gone. & # 39;
Mr. Boase was a devoted father to Leo, eight, and the stepfather of Leighton, 16. He was also a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, and cousin.
He worked for KP Food in Billingham, County Durham and was a talented amateur footballer in his youth.
Mr Boase's funeral, held Tuesday in Ormesby, North Yorkshire, with Mrs Jennison and his stepson Leighton, was seen prior to the procession
Flowery homages to Mr. Boase with the illustration “Leon”, “Neffe” and “Brother”. Ms. Jennison described her fiancé as her "first and last love" before his funeral on Tuesday
Mr Boase pictured with his partner Mrs Jennison. The father worked for KP Food in Billingham, County Durham and was a talented amateur footballer in his youth
Ms. Jennison described Mr. Boase as her "first and last love" before his funeral on Tuesday.
Ms. Jennison paid tribute, saying, “Leon was the best father and partner in the world, even when he was moody.
“He just worked hard and took care of us. He didn't ask for anything or hurt anyone; He was just calm, private and an avid family man. & # 39;
Ms. Jennison related how the couple dated for nine years but "dated" for a period while they were students at Ormesby School.
She said, “We went our separate ways, but found each other again. He was my first and last love.
Mr Boase pictured with his son Leo (center) and stepson Layton (right). Ms. Jennison paid tribute, saying, "Leon was the best father and partner in the world, even if he was moody."
Ms. Jennison described Mr. Boase above as her "first and last love" before his funeral on Tuesday. He played for Marton FC in the 1990s and later for Fountains FC
& # 39; He was always one of the cool guys in school; All the girls thought he was great.
& # 39; Even when I met him again, his hair was always perfect and he always smelled amazing; and he loved his designer clothes, he was never seen without his Hugo Boss or Armani. & # 39;
Ms. Jennison said Mr. Boase loved going on a family vacation abroad, but would just as much like to walk Saltburn Pier with a bag of chips.
Ms. Jennison said, “Whatever we did, wherever we went, he made it special to us. I told the kids that God only takes the best and that's exactly what He was. & # 39;
His death follows a secondary school teacher, 55-year-old Paul Hilditch, who passed away just two days before Christmas after contracting Covid-19. His heartbroken mother said she did not get the chance to see him in the hospital to say goodbye.
Mother tells of her grief as a “committed and inspiring” secondary school teacher (55) who dies of Covid two days after Christmas and leaves three children behind
Diana Hilditch (above) said she didn't get the chance to see her 55-year-old son Paul in the hospital to say goodbye before he died of coronavirus
The mother of a secondary school teacher who died of Covid-19 just two days after Christmas said she hadn't had a chance to see him in the hospital to say goodbye.
The teacher and divorced father of three, Paul Hilditch, 55, has had no known health problems and it is not yet clear how he contracted the virus.
His mother Diana told MailOnline today: “I am absolutely broken. It's just so terrible to have lost him. He had no underlying health conditions. He even climbed mountains.
“The worst part is that I didn't see him to say goodbye. He was in the hospital for two weeks and had a ventilator. & # 39;
Parents, students and teachers have described Mr. Hilditch, who taught engineering and technology at Conyers School for four years, as "engaging and inspiring" after his death on Sunday.
Headmistress Louise Spellman said they were "deeply saddened" by the sudden loss of their colleague and friend, adding that he was "a really dedicated, caring and loved one".
Paul Hilditch, 55, died just two days after Christmas after a two-week battle with Covid-19. His mother said, “I am absolutely heartbroken. It's just so terrible to have lost him. He had no underlying health conditions. He even climbed mountains. The worst part is that I didn't see him to say goodbye. He was in the hospital for two weeks and had a ventilator.
His death comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the UK and ministers announced plans to close every secondary school and hundreds of elementary schools for at least an extra week.
As a result, parents and schoolchildren are further disturbed after fears about the effects of home learning on the development and psychological wellbeing of students.
But many teachers and unions had called for schools to close before the Christmas break, while the government insisted on keeping them open.
Ministers also threatened legal action against schools that closed prematurely. In a dramatic U-turn, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed yesterday that most secondary school students will postpone the start of the semester by a fortnight until January 18 and that examination year students will return on January 13.
The engineering teacher Paul Hilditch, who was pictured with his daughter Camille in 2018, died on December 27 and caused mourning among teachers, students and parents at Conyers School in Teesside
The teaching unions also criticized the government's handling of the pandemic when they called for a stronger risk assessment to protect workers from the virus.
Today the UK announced an additional 964 deaths from Covid-19, on top of an additional 55,892 new infections.
Judy Sisterton, 72, had lived with Mr. Hilditch for eight years in the pretty village of Heighington, County Durham.
The pensioner, who works in the kitchen of a nearby pub, said, “Paul was such a lovely man.
& # 39; I'm just shocked by the news. One of the other neighbors said his car hadn't moved in a while but I didn't think about it much as I assumed he was on school vacation.
& # 39; He was well respected in the community.
“I'm surprised to hear what happened when he was healthy and young. He was always on his bike.
“He helped me a lot during the pandemic and always asked me if he could get me something from the stores. It's so sad. & # 39;
It is understood that Mr. Hilditch has three children, two grown daughters and one son.
Ms. Spellman said, "Paul was a fantastic teacher who thought so highly of his students and really went out of his way to make sure they were doing their best," she said.
“Paul loved our school and our students: he will be remembered as a kind, dedicated and truly brilliant teacher.
"All of our thoughts and prayers are with Paul's friends and family at this time."
Recognized on social media was Mr. Hilditch for being an avid member of the Northern World War Two Association's local tracking group.
One student's parents said, “My son really understood him and his teaching methods – although he had only been tutored by him since September.
"Absolutely heartbreaking, thoughts and love for his family."
Another wrote: & # 39; Such a terrible loss. My daughter thought he was a great teacher. My thoughts go to his family. & # 39;
One shocked student said, “There's no way I'm reading this, he was one of the best teachers there. Rest in peace. & # 39;
Mr. Hilditch's death comes after the government announced that grades 11 and 13 would be back to school on January 11 and other secondary students would be returning a week later.
Primary schools in badly affected areas like London, Essex and Kent will not be allowed to reopen on January 4th, as ministers had hoped.
Only vulnerable children and children of key workers are allowed to return to their desks, while the rest are forced to attend classes online.
The Prime Minister has also postponed the start of the school year for the majority of secondary school students by a week, which means they will now return on January 18, rather than January 11 – if only the 11th and 13th grades that prepare for exams, return.
Dr. Patrick Roach, secretary-general of NASUWT, said the government must prioritize access to a Covid-19 vaccine for teachers and educational staff.
He said: “Throughout the fall semester, it was very clear that the pandemic is seriously affecting the ability of all schools to continue to work normally and safely.
A full national lockdown is inevitable by the end of January, according to SAGE expert as 20 million plunged Tier 4 and Boris is all on the Oxford vaccine after 981 deaths in the worst daily death toll since April
Another national lockdown is inevitable, a SAGE expert warned today as 20 million people across England came to life under the Tier 4 rules imposed after the UK recorded its worst Covid death toll since April yesterday .
Dr. Mike Tildesley, a member of the scientific modeling committee who advises the government as a subgroup of SAGE, says the whole country will likely need to be plunged into Tier 4 or a national lockdown before the end of January to achieve strain spiraling infection rates.
In a sharp warning on BBC Radio 4 today, he said: "Cases are increasing very worryingly so I suspect that unfortunately we will see more restrictions, probably more of the country in Tier 4 or, ultimately, likely a national lockdown before we The end of January are & # 39 ;.
It comes when a Boris Johnson was warned last night of a new "reality" that the mutated Covid was rampant on Wednesday as it slipped virtually all of England into brutal lockdown by spring – with Britain having 981 deaths with the worst daily number since April and April vaccines had been the only hope of escape.
“However, schools were exposed to persistent and unnecessary uncertainties that caused great concern among students, parents and staff that could and should have been avoided.
"Risk assessment measures urgently need to be reviewed and updated in the light of the new threats identified by the government."
The Department of Education is trying to put in place a mass testing system, but is warning that the curbs may need to be wider than they are in primaries, as older children are more likely to spread the disease. The situation is not expected to become clear until the next January 13 review date.
One parent said today that the situation was "totally ridiculous" and added, "The school at one end of the street I live on is closing while the school at the other end is open."
Another said their area had been "divided in two" with "schools on one side of the street closed and the other open".
Around two-thirds of schools in the capital will be closed for two weeks from Monday – which means that there are many households in which one child will be forced to stay at home while another child is still in a neighboring district to school goes.
With most secondary schools closed until at least January 18, or even indefinitely, millions of children have to spend weeks or even months with “inadequate” virtual classes.
Experts say that in the months at home during the initial lockdown, many youngsters have declined academically, socially and developmentally, and only vulnerable children and children of key workers in the hardest hit areas were allowed to return to their desks next week.
Jon Richards, director of education at Unison, said, “Everyone agrees that schools and colleges are important to open, but it cannot be done at any cost if infections increase.
'This high school delay is a sensible decision as it leaves more time to effectively organize mass tests to limit the spread. Reopening for the first and early years should also be delayed as social distancing is not really possible.
"Ministers should also ensure that any action to expand the vaccine priority list must cover all school staff, not just teachers."
The Oxford University professor pays tribute to the elderly mother who died of Covid a few days before her vaccination when she told medics to give her ventilator to someone else
An Oxford University professor who was one of the leading Covid researchers has announced that her mother died of the virus a few days before she was vaccinated.
Trisha Greenhalgh, a primary care expert, said her elderly mother even told medics to give her ventilator to someone else in one of her final acts.
The professor has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic researching the virus, bringing evidence to Parliament of long Covid and advocating the compulsory wearing of masks long before the government enforced it.
Trish Greenhalgh, a professor at Oxford University, has announced that her mother (pictured together) died of Covid days before she was vaccinated
The primary care expert said her elderly mother even told the medics to give her ventilator to someone else
In an emotional post, the former general practitioner wrote on Twitter: “Goodbye Mum. You died of Covid-19 days before you should be vaccinated.
“You told them to give the ventilator to someone else. I said goodbye to a hospital parking lot. You're going to have a Zoom funeral.
"You're 2020. Thanks to the dedicated, exhausted #NHS staff."
Her message hit many who sent her condolences on the social media platform.
Piers Morgan replied, “What incredibly sad, heartbreaking news. I'm so sorry, Trisha.
Her message hit many who sent her condolences on the social media platform
“Your mother sounds a wonderfully courageous and selfless woman. She must have been so proud of all of your heroic efforts to fight this terrible virus. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also delivered a touching tribute, saying, “Heartbreaking news. I'm sorry for your loss, Trish.
“Your mother must have been so proud of you for all the lives you saved from this terrible virus this year. You are on our mind. & # 39;
Many, including Good Morning's British Susanna Reid, were touched by the professor's honor and her mother's final moments
The professor followed up her viral post with another tribute to her late mother.
She wrote: “My mom would have been amused to know she was trending on Twitter.
& # 39; But almost * every *> 80 year old who has a conversation about the upper limit of care has similar reasons.
"If they agree to DNACPR (don't try CPR), no-fan, etc., they are altruistic about limited resources."
The professor followed up her viral post with another tribute to her late mother
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