We never thought they won't come back: Woman on losing her grandparents to COVID
It was on 25 May, when Nicole Williams, her aunt and grandparents, tested positive. Later that same day, her grandmother, Sabina, lost her battle with the virus, while her grandfather, William, died 16 days later.
CAPE TOWN - Members of a Malmesbury family who all contracted COVID-19 are hoping their story will encourage others to be extra vigilant and take the third wave seriously.
Nicole Williams is a student healthcare worker, who lives in the town. Everyone in her household tested positive for the virus.
It was on 25 May, when Nicole Williams, her aunt and grandparents tested positive.
Later that same day, her grandmother, Sabina, lost her battle with the virus, while her grandfather, William, died 16 days later.
#COVID19SA It was on the 25th of May when Nicole, her grandparents and aunt tested positive. Her grandmother lost her battle to the virus that same day, while her grandfather died 16 days later. LP pic.twitter.com/iWUpeOEdfvEWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 22, 2021
#Covid19SA A fifth family member who lives elsewhere, Nicoles father, was also infected. Nicole, her aunt, and father have since recovered. The famils pleading with Covid denialists, anti-vaxxers and those not adhering to health safety rules to take the virus seriously. LP pic.twitter.com/4ni4L78QGKEWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 22, 2021
#Covid19SA The couple were alarmed when they realised their young boys had caught the virus too. Everyone in the familys since recovered, and theyre hoping their story will help encourage those out there who might be battling with the virus. LP (Parow family images supplied) pic.twitter.com/Se0mZAkI7rEWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 22, 2021
“I even felt guilty at some point. It could’ve been me who brought the virus into the house but that’s the vicious cycle of COVID. You never know. You don’t know.”
Fighting back tears, she said dealing with the death of her loved ones had been difficult, as she never got to say goodbye.
“As real and as serious as COVID is, it’s cold. We never thought the day that they left the house, that they won’t be coming back.”
She’s pleading with the likes of COVID denialists and anti-vaxxers, as well as those not adhering to health safety rules, to take the crisis seriously.
“You don’t want to lose a loved one, or loved ones to realise how serious this is.”