Wirral nurse helps grieving family with touching message

A GRIEVING man who lost his father to coronavirus has praised an ‘amazing’ Wirral nurse, after she contacted the family to tell them that she was with their dad until the end.

Wayne Forsyth has been left heartbroken by the passing of 70-year-old dad Stuart from Bromborough after he contracted Covid-19 and spent seven days in Arrowe Park Hospital before passing away on April 11.

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Mary and three children, who’s pain has been heightened by being unable to be at Stuart’s bedside due to the visiting restrictions.

But they were delivered huge comfort when nurse Katie Layne McKay messaged the family to reassure them that he had not been alone on ward 14 when his life came to an end.

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Wirral Globe: Stuart Forsyth was 70 when he passed away with coronavirusStuart Forsyth was 70 when he passed away with coronavirus

Liverpool supporter Wayne said: “It has been breaking our hearts that we couldn’t be with him in the last few days that he would have known he was passing. He would have been alone and scared and we wish we could have told him how much we loved him and to reassure him.”

The message sent to the Forsyth family said that that nurse didn’t want Stuart – who had underlying health conditions – to be alone, so she sat with him and held his hand. She told him that he wasn’t alone and that his family had rung to say they loved him, before he passed peacefully.

Speaking about the message, Wayne added: “(She’s) amazing. It’s been such a difficult time but this was so special to us. Knowing he wasn’t alone has been very comforting. Not all super heroes wear capes.”

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A retired employee of CIS Insurance, Stuart Forsyth was still working part time in Wirral Council’s transport department before falling ill.

Wirral Globe: Stuart and Mary Forsyth on their wedding day, 43 years agoStuart and Mary Forsyth on their wedding day, 43 years ago

Originally from Monk Street in Everton, he had been a Kop season ticket holder at Anfield with brother Colin for over 50 years.

The Globe is running a fundraising appeal in conjunction with Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) to help support the health and wellbeing of staff and patients battling coronavirus. So far, over £14,000 has been raised for the WUTH Covid-19 support fund.

Visit: justgiving.com/campaign/WUTHCovid-19appeal to donate.

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