A 43-year-old man shared how a COVID-19 patient in his 60s spent his final hours crying for his family before passing away alone in the hospital bed in front of him.
Even though the father-of-two is already home after six days in Tameside General Hospital, the memory of the patient is still haunting him.
“I wouldn’t have let a dog die like that,” Craig Farley-Jones expressed.
The father-of-two decided to remind people to take the lockdown seriously. Taking to social media, he said: “Everyone in the ward looked like death, but the man in the bed opposite me who was about 65 or 70 was relaxed and talkative to start with, despite being on maximum oxygen.
“Later that day I could see he was struggling to breathe and starting to panic, I could see he was getting distressed so I buzzed the nurses but they couldn’t calm him down.
“Something had changed – his stats went off the scale and it was past the point of return for him. They gave him something to calm him down and called for his kids, as this was obviously his final night.
“His children were at least able to come in in masks and gowns and say their goodbyes, but he still hung on for another few hours after that.
“I will never forget those next two hours for as long as I live. He was shouting out, calling for his family by name, over and over while struggling to breathe.
“It had me in tears, it was so hard to listen to. I buzzed the nurses, but they told me there was nothing more they could do for him.
“So I lay there listening to his breathing turning into a death rattle, he continued calling out into it stopped and was quiet – he had gone.”
He added: “I know he wasn’t in physical pain at that point, but he was definitely in emotional distress.
“I wouldn’t have let a dog die like that.
“It’s not the fault of the doctors and nurses at all, they were doing everything they could, but in some cases it isn’t enough.”
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