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BBC journalist Cathy Killick broke down in tears as she spoke about the heartbreaking death of both her parents from Covid within six weeks of each other, as she praised the care home staff who treated them
Killick broke down in tears live on air as she opened up on both of her parents dying from Covid-19 within just six weeks of each other.
Cathy’s father, Ted, a former army gunner, died on the 2nd December in his care home, aged 87, while her ex Primary school teacher mother, Elizabeth, died at home on January 12th after being granted palliative care at home.
Her age is unclear.
Cathy Killick Parents Died
Elizabeth had Parkinson’s and tested positive for the virus when hospitalized after she suffered a stroke, two days before her husband’s funeral.
The couple both lived together in a care home in Leeds, with Ted living on the top floor and Elizabeth on the ground floor, as she was able to live more independently.
They had been married for 63 years, and Elizabeth was able to regularly visit Ted, but Cathy was only allowed to visit her parents “a handful of times” since lockdown and with PPE.
BBC Look North reporter Cathy shared her heartbreaking story live on air, explaining: “I’ve been a reporter for the BBC for more than 30 years.
In that time I’ve interviewed dozens of people who have experienced loss.
“I’ve done my best to convey their emotion faithfully – not having experienced it myself.
“Now I find I am one of those people. I lost both my parents to COVID-19 within six weeks – my dad just before Christmas on December 2, my mum just after on January 12.
Speaking about her parents, Cathy said: “They were such lovely parents, they took us camping and helped us out whenever they could. There were four of us in all, I’m the third.
“I’m doing this in their memory and also because I know as a reporter it’s really hard to give a voice to the bereaved.
“It’s easier to find people affected financially by the lockdown, but I know there are hundreds and thousands of people like me, just holed up really, just sad and grieving loved ones.”
Fighting back tears, Cathy said she was “haunted by the thought” that her father may have believed he had been abandoned.
“I won’t have a word said against them, they were dedicated and unflagging.”
Cathy concluded: “This virus exploits us, it exploits our selfishness and it exploits the love we feel for people and how we want to be with them and I can’t wait for it to be over.
“But that’s only going to happen with kindness and support for the people around us because that truly is the best of us, the best of what makes us human.”