Emotional moment Piers Morgan’s friend breaks down in tears after her mum, 68, dies of coronavirus in a care home – The Sun
PIERS Morgan's friend broke down in tears as she spoke about her 68-year-old mum dying of coronavirus in a care home.
The emotional moment on today's Good Morning Britain followed a sweet tribute to Susan Marston who lived in a specialist home after being diagnosed with Huntington's disease seven years ago.
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Her twin daughters Ruth and Sarah believe her death could have been avoided after she caught the deadly bug when another resident returned to the care home having tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital.
Ruth – who worked with Piers on a documentary and became friends – sobbed as she described how her mother's life had been cut short and said the government should "hang its head in shame".
Her sister Sarah said: "She was brave, she was beautiful, she was graceful and elegant."
Rush added: "She lit up any room. She was such a good grandmother to our children.
"It is utterly heartbreaking. This shouldn't have happened to her and they need to hang their [the government's] heads in shame."
As Ruth struggled to continue speaking as she wiped away tears, host Susanna Reid told her: "You've done her proud, both of you. She was 68, she was no age. It shouldn't have happened, I'm so so sorry."
Piers added: "You were robbed of years with your mother because of negligence and it was deliberately done.
"I'm so sorry to both of you. You had such a powerful message for people. You've shown the human toll of this.
"These are not just statistics. These are 22,000 people. They have been thrown to the wolves and it is disgraceful."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously refused to apologise to the families of care home residents who died from Covid-19, and said last month that the request was “unreasonable”.
The Department of Health said: “We have put in place a policy to ensure all people are tested when discharged from hospitals into care homes.
“We have allocated £1.3 billion of additional funding to enhance the discharge process.”
Covid-19 has had a devastating impact in care homes bringing the grim tally to almost 13,000 – but the real figure is believed to be a lot higher.
There has been anger among care home operators, staff and relatives that the government has underestimated the severity of the impact of the disease in care with a lack of PPE protection.
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