Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

Volunteer carer dies from Covid after telling nurses ‘I wish I had’ vaccine

Glenn Barrett was a volunteer carer and was believed to have contracted coronavirus when watching England play Croatia during the Euro 2020. The volunteer carer’s relatives have now stated that he wished he had been vaccinated. Mr Barrett died on July 13 after a three week battle against the pathogen.

The carer died in the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby but his relatives said he had not taken the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Before being placed in an induced coma by medics the carer spoke to doctors and nurses about the vaccine and said: “I wish I had.”

Ken Meech, who was the cousin of Mr Barrett and referred to him as a “big brother”, has now urged members of the public to get vaccinated.

He said Mr Barrett had his “worries and reasons” for not having the vaccine because he had no spleen and immune system issues.

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Referring to the importance of taking the coronavirus vaccine, Mr Meech said that: “If he had, he would still be with us today.

“I’m not a doom monger or someone who’s telling you what you should do or not do.

“After all we are supposed to live in a free world.

“But this is one of the saddest times of my life, losing my cousin, Big Glenn Barrett to Covid.”

Mr Meech continued: “Thankfully his friend is on the road to recovery and had no underlying issues but had two spells on the ward.

“There are those who say that Glenn if he had had the jabs, would still be with us today.

“Being around my family and friends we believe his chances were much better if he had.”

He added: “He was very brave and fought to the end with Covid for three weeks and the strain on his heart was too much, eventually passing away at 8 am last Tuesday, July 13, 2021 with his mum by his side.

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“Glenn had his worries and reasons for not having the jabs but he had no spleen and no immune system to help fight any infections but he did say to the nurses before going into an induced coma he wished he had.

“We have one of the highest infection rates in the country and we’re coming out of lockdown.

“I have seen many many people huddled close together with no protection.

“My family are struggling to come to terms with what has happened and unless you witness the tragic side of this, no one seems to care.

“We can’t even visit him at the funeral home because it’s a sealed coffin.

“To all my friends and family, be very cautious and protect yourselves because this virus ain’t going away.”

Mr Barrett’s mother Lynn said: “He was a larger than life character and always enjoyed his food.

“He was a very good cook himself.”

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