‘He wasn’t supposed to die like this’, says daughter of coronavirus victim

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The last few days have not felt real for Ruth Carney. The 43-year-old television and theatre director has been trying to come to terms with the death of her father, who passed away shortly after contracting coronavirus.

Pete Carney, 77, who lived in Belong care home in Newcastle-under-Lyme and had Alzheimer’s disease, first became ill with the deadly virus in mid-April. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he was admitted to Royal Stoke University hospital on 22 April. It was the last time Ruth, who was by her father’s side in the ambulance and casualty, would see him. He died on Saturday 2 May.

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