- A woman has taken to social media to post about her beloved late father
- The Durban resident lost her dad to Covid-19 after he spent nearly a month in hospital
- The family urged South Africans to take the novel coronavirus seriously because it is deadly
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A Durban woman has taken to social media to share her pain with the world after losing her father to Covid-19. The man succumbed to the deadly virus after a 39-day battle.
Thea Harman never thought her family would be among the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. The woman recently lost her father, Anton Harman, to Covid-19 after nearly a month on a ventilator in hospital. Anton was a father to Thea and a husband to Tracy and they had to watch him slowly deteriorate.
His distraught daughter took to social media to share a tribute to her father who left the world "too soon".
Thea told News24 that her father started showing symptoms in mid-April. He had a fever so they went to further investigate it. The doctor they consulted said it was a respiratory infection and gave him medication to relieve it. However, the family decided to test for Covid-19 anyway. The positive results came two days later.
The family all tested and came out positive as well, forcing them into quarantine. Anton took a turn for the worst on 22 April and had to be hospitalised. He was put on a ventilator and he stayed on it for 29 days. In the beginning of May, Anton's health deteriorated. His family could not touch him and visits were conducted through a glass wall.
On 21 May, things were about to reach an unfortunate end. He passed away at 8:15pm that evening.
Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Thea opened up that Anton was not just a number and more than a Covid-19 statistic. His family want the world to know that he was a loving father and husband. The late 54-year-old was living life to the fullest, having started studying towards an LLB degree with his daughter.
The family have gone through what they describe as a roller-coaster of emotions.
"Some even say that they are living in a nightmare and wish to wake up"
When asked about her thoughts on the way the government is handling the Covid-19 crisis, Thea said that she believes they are doing everything they can. She went on to say that this virus was unlike anything the world has seen.
"There is so much we don't know about Covid-19"
One thing we do know is that the world has lost a great man - a father, husband and friend- at the virus' hands.
"I want to remember my dad by all the good times we had as a family. He is an extraordinary man and fought until the very end."
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In worldwide coronavirus news, China may not be through with its fight any time soon. In fact, Briefly.co.za reported that the virus, according to the latest report, has hit two Chinese cities, Jilin and Shulan. This has forced the government to impose another lockdown on the cities.
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