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17 relatives fall ill after funeral for great aunt

Despair: Susan Nelson (far left) died of Covid-19, while only her son Carl (right) hasn’t had symptoms PICTURE: SWNS

A WOMAN has died from suspected Covid-19 after going to a funeral — with most of the other relatives who attended now also feared to be infected.

Susan Nelson turned out to pay her last respects to her aunt Sheila Brooks, 86, two weeks ago.

The 65-year-old died within days, despite having no underlying health problems. And now 16 other family members are unwell and suspect they have the virus, including Mrs Nelson’s husband Robert and daughter Amanda.

Mr Nelson, 67, was by his wife’s side as she died in the same ward of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as her aunt Sheila had just weeks before.

‘People can end up dying on their own. Fortunately, my dad was able to go and be with her when she died,’ said son Carl, 42, from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, who remains virus-free.

‘She started showing serious symptoms on Thursday and being dead the early hours of the Tuesday morning shows how quickly this can escalate.’ Amanda, 34, of Halesowen, West Midlands, suffers from the glandular Addison’s disease and said she is fearful for the safety of her nearest and dearest.

‘We now have someone else in our family in hospital that’s probably not going to survive it,’ she said.

‘My 21-year-old cousin has it, right the way up to a great uncle who is 88 and is showing some symptoms. It’s hit young and old in our family.

‘Our beautiful, caring mum was the centre of the family… and this has destroyed us.’

As well as being on the same hospital ward before their deaths, both Mrs Brooks and Mrs Nelson were treated by the same nurse.

They have now shown their gratitude by starting a JustGiving fundraiser for the hospital —