Tragic asthma sufferer, 44, told sister she was ‘scared’ before she died of coronavirus – The Sun

AN asthma sufferer who died after contracting coronavirus told her sister she was scared before her death.

Lindsay Marshall, 44, who also had a thyroid condition, died on Saturday at Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester two weeks after developing symptoms.

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NHS staff gave her family the chance to say a final goodbye on the phone before she died.

Lindsay had self-isolated for a week after developing symptoms of Covid-19, but was taken to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury on March 22.

Three days later, Lindsay, from Bacup, Rossendale, was sedated and transferred to the intensive care unit at Royal Oldham Hospital.

Just before the sedation, she sent a final text message to her sister, Karen Marshall, 42.


Karen said: "She had been self-isolating at home for a week on antibiotics and on the Friday before she went to hospital, she said she was feeling better.

"On the Saturday I dropped some shopping off on her doorstep and stood back and we had a chat.

"On Sunday morning she was struggling to breathe and was taken to Fairfield hospital."

On arrival at hospital Lindsay tested positive for coronavirus.

Karen added: "On Tuesday evening, she said she was going to be sedated and that she was scared.

"I told her everything was going to be alright and that was the last message she sent."


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Lindsay's death comes as Britain's grim toll of fatalities from coronavirus rose yesterday to 5,413 after 439 more people died in 24 hours.

Positive cases have now reached 51,608 – up from 47,806 on Sunday.

Last night, Boris Johnson was rushed to intensive care, where he needed four litres of oxygen as his condition worsened dramatically.

Karen praised the NHS medical team who cared for her sister after she became ill.

On the day they turned the machine off, staff took the phone over and we were each given the chance to say goodbye

Karen explained: "She was sedated and she didn't know she was on her own.

"Staff kept taking the phone to the bed so we could talk to her. One nurse brushed her hair and plaited it. They looked after her.

"On the day they turned the machine off, staff took the phone over and we were each given the chance to say goodbye."

Karen described the last fortnight as the 'worst two weeks of her life' but wants to celebrate her sister's life.

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She said: "[I] didn’t think in a million years that at the age of 42 I’d have to be writing about my sister no longer being with us.

"I wouldn't have even thought about this two weeks ago before this awful virus took over!

"Anyway I’m not going to dwell on the thing that stole her away, I’m going to celebrate all the amazing people Linzi was lucky enough to have in her life."

Karen is encouraging people stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.

Lindsay worked as a senior care coordinator at Go To and a sales ops analyst at ADI.

She leaves behind her dad, Alan Marshall, her mum, Glenys Marshall and partner Roger, and her sister Karen, and Karen's children – 15-year-old Charlie, 10-year-old Lewis and eight-year-old Georgia.
Her mum Glenys said: "Lindsay will be sadly missed and she was well-loved by mum, dad, Karen, Roger, Gareth, Charlie, Lewis and

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Lindsay's memory to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

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