My nan didn't die of Covid-19 – but it defined every aspect of her passing | Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

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Like so many different households throughout the UK, the pandemic made her sickness and dying a heartbreaking wrestle

My nan grew up on a farm within the Black Nation through the struggle. In her youth, she was a part of a dance troupe. She carried out on stage with Arthur Askey, and was expert in faucet dancing, ballet and acrobatics. I've fantastic reminiscences of her: as a child, I keep in mind standing in her kitchen wanting up at her whereas we baked muffins, my nan tutting and smiling, as I cheekily stole chocolate icing.

Over her life, she labored for the NHS as a clerk and administrator. I’m not exaggerating once I say she by no means stated a nasty phrase about anyone. Her kindness knew no bounds: when she completed her dialysis for kidney failure some years in the past, she would go and sit with sufferers who have been alone throughout their very own remedy. Through the night time, she would climb out of her personal mattress to carry the arms of sufferers who have been crying out in extreme ache.

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