NHS hospital worker dies alone in self-isolation after 'catching coronavirus'
Police broke down a door to retrieve the body of NHS staff member Thomas Harvey, who fell ill after treating a patient with coronavirus at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, north-east London, a former colleague says
Police officers had to break down the door to Thomas Harvey's bathroom to retrieve his body after he collapsed on Sunday morning.The 57-year-old, who worked at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, north-east London, had spent weeks "fighting for his life" after developing symptoms including a cough, weakness, and aches and pains all over his body.
He didn't know if he was infected with coronavirus because he wasn't given a test, said longtime friend Margaret Barron.Have you been affected by coronavirus? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr Harvey, who lives in Hackney, had seven children and three grandchildren, was married to his wife Marcia for 22 years, and was in his third decade working for the NHS.
An online crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money for his grief-stricken family.The GoFundMe page, set up by former colleague Ms Barron, read: "We are raising money for the late Thomas' family, to help with funeral expenses and to move on after he was suddenly taken away by the Covid19.
"Thomas was a devoted member of the NHS for over 20 years and loved his job to the fullest."He looked after all his patients to the best of his ability and was loved by many."He was a cherished colleague, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a best friend.
"Unfortunately after treating a Covid19 patient on his ward, he contracted the virus and passed away suddenly after fighting for his life for nearly 2 weeks.Read More Coronavirus outbreak "Thomas leaves behind his wife of 22 years, 6 children and 3 grandchildren.
"Please help us raise money to help is family get through this difficult time." Read more: Daily Mirror »
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