The devastated household of Telford grandfather Kenny Barber who ran well-known electrician outfit A&Okay companies have paid tribute to his reminiscence and praised the employees on the Princess Royal Hospital who cared for him.
Mr Barber, of Richmond Avenue, Trench, died at 7.30pm within the excessive dependency unit on November 5 – a month earlier than his 70th birthday.
Daughter Sarah Evans, 43, of Hadley, explains: “He was mother’s soulmate. They’d 49 years collectively. He was my hero. He was 69 years outdated, vigorous and a cheerful man with a lot love to offer.
“I wished to talk about my dad as a result of within the information we hear in regards to the variety of deaths, however the individuals who die from Covid are treasured relations not simply numbers or statistics.
“My dad was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather. His dying got here as such a giant shock and has knocked the wind out of us all.
“Final yr my dad was recognized with prostate most cancers and underwent remedy to shrink it because it was at stage two. It was contained and fortuitously not spreading. He completed his remedy on October 7 and all was nicely.
“He then went on to have his flu jab as he suffered with pulmonary fibrosis and was weak throughout winter months.
“Round two weeks after that he begun to really feel unwell and was admitted to hospital on October 29 the place he was taken to the excessive dependency unit. We spoke through video calls and used texts, and at that time we thought he was going to be coming residence.
“He had a Covid take a look at while he was in there and examined constructive.
“We then obtained the devastating information by a phone name that my dad had a 50-50 per cent probability of survival, however as a result of his lung situation they stated they couldn’t put the tubes down like typically.
“He did present indicators of bettering just a little bit then dramatically his well being declined and this was once we have been knowledgeable by the physician that he was not going to drag by.
“As you possibly can think about this was heartbreaking to listen to. The group agreed that myself and mother might spend his final hours with him. We was kitted up with masks and full PPE. We couldn’t contact my dad with out carrying it.
“Seeing Dad mendacity within the mattress with a masks on that was pulled so tight and was so closely sedated was a most traumatic expertise. I sat speaking to him and stroking his hand simply hoping he knew I that was there.
“I watched my mother sitting there crying over him asking not go away her and to look at this was heartbreaking as I felt helpless.
“I performed him a video from my cellphone of his eldest granddaughter, when she was aged 5, and him singing Catch a Falling Star collectively. He used to like singing karaoke.”
Mrs Evans added: “I simply wish to thank the employees and the physician on the excessive dependency unit for taking care of my dad. The help they gave to my mother and myself was wonderful.”
The daddy-of-two can be survived by seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.