Tragedy as dad and daughter die as mum also battles coronavirus

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A close-knit family has revealed their heartache after a dad and daughter died from coronavirus, whilst their their mum remains in hospital.

Gillian Gapare, 28, died at her home in Cheshire on the morning of April 4 and her dad, Guide Gapare, 56, who lived in Liverpool, tragically died on April 20.

Her sister, Glenda, 24, told Cheshire Live: "She [Gillian] would do everything and anything for her family.

"She’s now gone but she is still my world, my support system, my best friend, my second mother even and she really felt the full force of how cruel this life is."

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From left, Glory, 15, with dad Guide and sister Glenda

Gillian, who suffered from neuropathic pain and lymphedema, tested positive for coronavirus after previously showing symptoms.

She was informed by NHS 111 to self-isolate and keep away from her mum Angelina Abigail, 55, and younger sister, Glory, 15.

But her symptoms worsened and she collapsed in her bedroom at the family's Barnton home.

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Glenda said: "My little sister Glory was holding Gillian's head up as mum began to do CPR until the paramedics came.

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"But they couldn't get her back.

"My mum carried on doing CPR even when the paramedics left and the coroner arrived – she was begging them not to take her.

Gillian (left) with her sister Glenda

"I spoke to Gillian that morning, she said she was ill but she downplayed it, she was laughing with me on the phone."

Just four days after Gillian had passed away, Angelina became unwell and was taken hospital.

Glenda believes her mum's symptoms worsened giving her dying daughter CPR.

But the sadness has not ended there for the family.

As their mum entered hospital they learnt that their father, Guide had become extremely unwell and tragically lost his life.

Glenda said: "He died last night (April 20) in hospital, there was nothing we could do."

The sisters said their father was refused ventilation because he had underlying health conditions.

Now, all Glenda and Glory can do is pray for their mum's recovery.

Glenda said: "It is devastating. But because I am the big sister I have to look after Glory.

Gillian Gapare

"I also need to be strong for mum otherwise it may slow down her recovery.

"She is in hospital and has lost her child and the father of her kids.

"We are taking one day at a time, we don't know how we are going to get over this."

The family have set up a Go Fund Me Page which was initially created to help cover costs of Gillian's burial but they're now organising two funerals.

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Glenda said: "These are unprecedented times so we can't have a normal funeral for Gillian or for my father.

"We can only have 10 people at a burial site and then it is just a blessing, it is not a proper service.

"We are waiting to do a burial for them both when my mum comes out of hospital."

The family have expressed their gratitude to everyone who has donated to their page so far.

If you would like to support the Gapare family you can visit their GoFundMe page here.

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