Oxford University professor pays tribute to elderly mother who died from Covid just days before she was due to be vaccinated as she told medics to give her ventilator to someone else
- Professor Trisha Greenhalgh revealed her mother died days before vaccination
- The expert in primary care has been one of the UK’s leading Covid researchers
- Her mother’s final act was to refuse a ventilator so someone else could use it
An Oxford University professor who has been a leading Covid researcher has revealed her mother has died from the virus just days before she was due to be vaccinated.
Trisha Greenhalgh, an expert in primary care, said her elderly mother even told medics to give someone else her ventilator in one of her final acts.
The professor has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic researching the virus, presenting evidence to parliament on long Covid and campaigning for compulsory mask-wearing long before the government enforced it.
Oxford University professor Trish Greenhalgh has revealed her mother (pictured together) has died from Covid days before she was due to be vaccinated
The expert in primary care, said her elderly mother even told medics to give someone else her ventilator
In an emotional post, the former GP wrote on Twitter: ‘Goodbye Mum. You died of Covid-19, days before you were due to be vaccinated.
‘You told them to give the ventilator to someone else. I said a FaceTime farewell from a hospital car park. You will have a Zoom funeral.
‘You are 2020. Thanks to the devoted, exhausted #NHS staff.’
Her message struck a chord with many who sent her messages of condolence on the social media platform.
Piers Morgan replied: ‘What incredibly sad, heart-breaking news. I’m so sorry Trisha.
Her message struck a chord with many who sent her messages of condolence on the social media platform
‘Your mother sounds a wonderfully courageous and selfless lady. She must have been so proud of all your heroic efforts to combat this awful virus. RIP.’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also shared a touching tribute, saying: ‘Heartbreaking news. So sorry for your loss Trish.
‘Your mum must have been so proud of you for all the lives you’ve helped to save this year from this awful virus. You are in our thoughts.’
Many, including Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid, were touched by the professor’s tribute and her mother’s final moments
The professor followed up her viral post with another paying tribute to her late mother.
She wrote: ‘My mum would have been amused to know she had trended on Twitter.
‘But almost *every* >80yo who has a ceiling-of-care conversation reasons similarly.
‘When they agree to DNACPR [do not attempt CPR], no-ventilator etc, they’re being altruistic about limited resources.’
The professor followed up her viral post with another paying tribute to her late mother