Sister reveals heartbreak as ‘strong’ brother’s life support is switched off after battle with coronavirus – The Sun

A "DEVASTATED" sister has revealed her heartache after her "big, strong" brother died suddenly after contracting coronavirus.

Sally Brokenshaw's brother David Brokenshaw died on March 25 aged 65 after falling ill with Covid-19.

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His condition got worse suddenly despite only showing mild symptoms originally.

Sally posted a statement on Facebook on the day her brother's life support machine was turned off.

She said David was rushed to hospital on Sunday afternoon after walking into the ambulance unaided.

He was put into a deep coma and on life support before his test came back positive, but died later.

His family unable to visit him in hospital in case they became infected too.


Sally wrote: "He was a big, strong man and my big brother. We all knew that he would fight and fight to stay with us. Covid-19 decided differently.

"This afternoon the decision was made by his consultant that they could do no more and that he couldn’t come back from this. His life support was switched off and he passed peacefully at 2pm.

"We are all devastated and can’t really believe that this has happened to him."

She described her brother as "a loving partner, dad, brother, grandad, uncle, great uncle and a friend to so many people".

Today, Britain's virus death toll hit almost 3,000 after another 569 fatalities in the past 24 hours.

Positive cases for the deadly disease in the UK have also risen to 33,718 – up 4,244 from yesterday.

Forty four of the latest victims, who were aged 22-100, had no underlying health conditions.

It's the largest number of deaths in healthy people so far and includes a 25-year-old victim.


David's family weren't allowed to visit him and he could only be seen by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) medical staff in hospital.

Sally added: "What people may not know is that because of Covid-19 he could not have anybody with him except the ICU nurses who were absolutely wonderful.

"No visitors. Nobody from his family to sit with him. No family could travel to be with him as we wouldn’t be allowed in. His partner, isolated, not allowed to say goodbye."

Following David's death, his partner, Tracy Weisner, posted on Facebook: "My darling David, I miss you with every breath I take. Life can be so very cruel."

Sally's heartbreaking tribute had been shared more than 260,000 times on Facebook by Thursday afternoon.

Wellwishers flooded her page with messages of support, with Sally thanking them in a post two days later as she urged Brits to follow government guidance.

Sally wrote: "Follow the rules, stay indoors, social distance and if you are a key worker, like my friends working in schools, take all the precautions you can."

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