‘Healthy’ dad, 48, who was ‘recovering’ from coronavirus died after gasping for air in front of his wife and daughter – The Sun

A FIT and healthy dad died gasping for air in front of his wife and daughter after "recovering" from deadly coronavirus.

Dom Merrix appeared to have beaten the bug and was "absolutely fine" on the morning of his death – even tweeting his support for the NHS.

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But just minutes later, he collapsed to the ground as he begged his partner Sarah and ten-year-old daughter Ellie-Mai to call an ambulance.

The 48-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack in the ambulance and never even made it to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hants.

Tragically, little Ellie-Mai was watching from the window as paramedics valiantly spent 20 minutes trying to save her devoted dad.

Speaking about the morning of his death on Thursday, family friend Rachel Hibbert said: "He got up as normal and wanted to have a shower. He sounded absolutely fine. Then bang out of nowhere it happened.

"He texted his daughter to open the windows because he was struggling to breathe. He then texted Sarah begging for help.

"Sarah came downstairs and found him on his hands and knees struggling to breathe. When the paramedics arrived they put him on the trolley and asked him to lean back but he couldn’t do it.

"That was it. Then the doors to the ambulance shut. They didn’t see him alive again."

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Dom had been self-isolating with suspected but undiagnosed Covid-19 for around two weeks but appeared to be on the mend in the days leading up to his death.

Rachel is now urging people to follow advice and take the disease seriously.

She said: "People think it isn’t going to happen to them because they’re fit and young. Dom was fit and young and it killed him.

"It’s torn his family apart and left them devastated."

Rachel has now launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for Dom's funeral after he was made redundant from his job at an energy firm weeks before his death.

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The massive Pompey fan is having a bespoke blue coffin made in his beloved team's colours.

Pompey’s chief executive, Mark Catlin, said: "I was shocked to hear of the passing of Dom Merrix last week. Like many Pompey fans, I knew Dom had contracted Covid-19, but thought he had made a full recovery.

"Both personally – and on behalf of my family and the club – my sincere thoughts and condolences go out to Sarah and Ellie-Mai. Sadly, too many families have lost loved ones over recent weeks."

It comes after coronavirus deaths in the UK today rose to 12,107 as 778 more people lost their lives to the killer disease.

Among the latest deaths is a 65-year-old nurse who contracted the disease while treating patients with just a paper mask, plastic gloves and a pinny.

Gareth Roberts, 65, had come out of retirement and was working extra shifts before he died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales last weekend.

At least 40 frontline NHS staff have died so far from Covid-19 in the UK.


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