An emotional picture has revealed the heartbreaking moment the family of a teacher said their final goodbyes to her as she battled coronavirus in hospital.
Emma Kirby, 28, feared she would never see teacher Annette Gardner, 58, alive again as she was left on the brink of death with the deadly virus.
The images show her daughter – who was with her brother David – saying her final farewell over Skype on a mobile phone.
She has recalled telling her mum “to keep fighting” as she struggled to breathe during their agonising chat – and incredibly she did just that.
Following a 17-day battle with the killer bug, Annette incredibly managed to pull through and was this week discharged from intensive care.
The teacher was given a standing ovation by NHS staff as she left the intensive care unit at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire.
Speaking from hospital, mum-of-two Annette – who also has three grandchildren – said: “I feel very strange. I thought I was going to die.
“I have now been put on a ward where they are trying to build up my muscle.
“I have never felt like this before in my life. This is one of the worst viruses anybody could ever go through.
“I really want to express how grateful I am to the NHS. They are doing such a wonderful job and they are putting themselves at risk every day.”
Annette, who works at Heart of Worcestershire College, was admitted to hospital on March 26th and was later put on a ventilator when her condition started to deteriorate.