Tragedy as care worker dies after testing positive for Covid day after birthday

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A care worker died in an ambulance after testing positive for coronavirus the day after her birthday.

Tracey Lemmon, 40, took a “turn for the worse” two weeks after her test, so her husband Darren phoned for an ambulance.

But she died in the vehicle before she could be taken into hospital, Yorkshire Live reports.

Tributes have poured in for Tracey, of Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, who worked throughout the pandemic as a care home assistant.

A cousin, who paid tribute to her on Darren’s behalf, said: “Tracey was just so lovely. She was very bubbly and outgoing and she was just amazing.

"She caught Covid-19 as she tested positive the day after her birthday and she was quite unwell with it the whole time because she has multiple sclerosis (MS).

"I think she just reacted badly to it and then 14 days after she took a turn for the worse.

“She started feeling worse and her husband phoned for an ambulance and she passed away in the ambulance.

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"We are all absolutely devastated and it was so unexpected because she was really healthy.

“She worked all the time and it has really taken us by surprise.”

Her cousin said Tracey lived an "amazing life” and lived with her cats and dogs, who she “worshipped”.

Tanisha Bramwell, 26, said she was “loud and bubbly and very lively”.

She said: “I knew she'd contracted Covid and was fighting that off during the time she'd have been celebrating her birthday.

"She passed away quite suddenly.

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"The funeral parlour brought her body onto the estate so we all gave her a round of applause and listened to her favourite song before she went to the crematorium.

"It was also to show her dad George, who is a living legend around here and poorly himself, that although he hasn't got his daughter anymore he's not on his own.

"She was so positive and hopeful so it was sad that she'd been battling with Covid and passed in the way that she did.”

Covid is “absolutely ripping families and communities apart”, she added.

Her family and friends released balloons in her memory, as they couldn’t all attend the funeral last week due to restrictions.

  • Coronavirus
  • Family
  • NHS

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