A mother-of-three who ‘lived for her family’ has tragically died of following a two week battle against the virus in hospital.
Katie Gill, 31, from Moreton, Merseyside, was admitted to Arrowe Park Hospital with breathing difficulties after contracting the virus earlier this month.
However Ms Gill, who had received her first dose of the Covid vaccine and had no underlying health conditions, deteriorated quickly and passed away on August 14, leaving behind her husband and three children.
Best friend Karen Rotheram, who described Ms Gill as ‘the loveliest, kindest, funniest person’, said her health declined within just ten days.
She said: ‘Katie was the loveliest, kindest, funniest person, who would do anything for anyone.
‘She went into hospital at the start of August and had been struggling with Covid at home before that.
‘It was her breathing, the usual, so she had to go to hospital and she deteriorated from there.
‘It was really quick, within just 10 days.
‘Katie was one of those people when there’s been lockdowns who was totally careful, would do everything she could to keep her family healthy.
‘Because of her age, because she was just 31, that’s why it was so much more of a shock.
‘She’d had a jab and was keeping safe.’
Ms Rotheram has now urged others to remain cautious of the dangers of Covid which is ‘still there’.
She continued: ‘I think that’s what people don’t understand.
‘Okay, we’re out of lockdown and we’re getting back to the new normal but Covid’s still there.
‘It doesn’t have an age, some people recover some people don’t but everyone should be aware.
‘Although you can do a lot of things now, you still need to be aware and get your jabs.
‘Katy was due to get her second one this month. She took her first jab to protect herself and her family.’
She added: ‘The family just want to say that obviously they don’t want other families to go through what they’ve had to go through the past two weeks – for everyone to keep safe to get your jabs done – that’s so important.’
A fundraiser for Ms Gill’s family has been set up, centring on the Birkenhead north end community in which the mother-of-three grew up, to help her family with funeral costs.
Ms Rotheram continued: ‘This was Katie’s community but she moved up to Moreton about two years ago.
‘The north end is a very close community so even if you move away you’re still regarded as part of the community, we’re all very close here.
‘When there as a fundraiser or anything, Katie was always one of the first people to give herself.’
Ms Rotheram said it ‘broke her heart’ to look back on family photos of her best friend whose ‘life was her family’.
She said: ‘It breaks my heart when I’m looking back on family photos, it’s just so very sad, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.
‘She was so creative and really into arts and crafts, her talent was amazing, but her hobby and her life was her family – she lived for her family.