NEW DAD KILLED BY COVID-19

Heart­break as ‘fit and healthy’ 27-year-old dies 10 days af­ter the birth of his sec­ond son:

Bangor Mail - - Front Page - Ly­dia Mor­ris

AHEALTHY young dad who be­came a fa­ther for the sec­ond time just 10 days be­fore died af­ter show­ing coron­avirus symp­toms.

Thomas Davies, 27, fell ill a week last Fri­day dur­ing his last shift at the Al­bion Inn, in Ban­gor.

What started as a cough quickly be­came aches and then cold sweats.

He passed away last Thurs­day, hav­ing spent the night sit­ting up with in­fant son Mor­gan.

On Fri­day, his heart­bro­ken mum said she had not even been able to hug fam­ily mem­bers in their grief be­cause they were ob­serv­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Mandy Davies said: “We can’t em­brace each other and I can’t even com­fort my fam­ily be­cause I can’t see them.

“I can’t put my arms around any of them be­cause we have to stay two me­tres apart.

“I went to see my daugh­ter and I had to stay at the bot­tom of the path.”

Ms Davies, 53, said Thomas had ap­peared to be over the worst of the ill­ness and was get­ting bet­ter last Wed­nes­day, when she last spoke to him. He too had been fol­low­ing govern­ment ad­vice to self-iso­late at home.

But last Thurs­day, he was found dead by his part­ner Rhi­an­non Elias, also 27, at their Peny­groes home.

Paramedics dressed in pro­tec­tive cloth­ing took his body away.

Ms Davies said: “When I ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal, they were all in their suits.

“I couldn’t even touch him, I wasn’t al­lowed.

“I wasn’t even al­lowed to see him for long be­cause they sus­pected the virus, and they needed to put him back into bags.

“He had a plas­tic bag over his face.”

Ms Davies, a health care worker, said tests were due to be car­ried out to es­tab­lish if Thomas had Covid-19.

Ms Davies said Thomas had had no prior med­i­cal prob­lems.

She said: “He was fit, he was healthy, he was en­er­getic, he never smoked.

“He had noth­ing wrong with him. It’s a shock.

“We’re just all in zom­bie mode at the mo­ment.

“I’ve been told to keep iso­lat­ing. We’ve all got to self iso­late. It’s all so cruel.”

Rhi­an­non was told she had to iso­late with her chil­dren, Dy­lan EliasDavie­s, four, and new­born Mor­gan, for the next fort­night.

They had been un­able to see Thomas’ body af­ter he died.

Ms Davies added: “Rhi­an­non is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. She is in a mil­lion pieces. Her heart has come apart.”

Pay­ing trib­ute to her son, Ms Davies de­scribed him as hav­ing a “heart of gold”, and said he was a “de­voted dad” to his boys.

“You could not ask for a more lov­ing dad for those boys,” she said.

“He would work so hard, not just to keep a roof over their head, but to give them ev­ery­thing they wanted and so much more.

“Dy­lan doesn’t un­der­stand. He will be four this month. He was a daddy’s boy, and of course, Mor­gan will get to hear of mem­o­ries, but that’s all he’ll have that we will keep alive.

“He couldn’t wait to be­come a dad again. You couldn’t get a more lov­ing dad.”

She added how her son would “do any­thing for any­body” and would al­ways “go out of his way for any­one.”

“He was just a happy lad,” she added. “He was so po­lite and well man­nered.

“He was al­ways happy and crack­ing jokes and smil­ing. He was al­ways the one to put a smile on some­one’s face if they were down. He was al­ways jok­ing.

“He was just a lovely po­lite man.” Ms Davies, who is no longer able to work, is now hop­ing to launch a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help pay for her son’s fu­neral costs.

She said peo­ple needed to un­der­stand the very real dan­ger coron­avirus posed, adding: “This is no joke, take it se­ri­ously.

“This is a young lad, he was 27 with a life in front of him and a young fam­ily.

“Don’t let your kids out play­ing. Keep your dis­tance, it’s just not worth it, stay at home.

“There is noth­ing that can bring my boy back. I can’t re­verse the clock. I can’t ever speak to him again, I can’t ever see him again.”

“Self iso­late. Lis­ten. Just bloody lis­ten.”

■ Thomas, pic­tured with his part­ner Rhi­an­non, had no un­der­ly­ing health is­sues ■ Thomas with his two sons, Dy­lan, four, and new­born, Mor­gan ■ Thomas Davies, 27, was found dead by his part­ner Rhi­an­non Elias af­ter he was start­ing to re­cover from his ill­ness

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