Cape Town teen loses both parents to Covid-19 just hours apart

Cape Town teen loses both parents to Covid-19 just hours apart

- Messages of condolences are coming in for a Cape Town teenager who lost both her parents to Covid-19 on the same day

- The couple died last Saturday after being hospitalised for a short while

- The couple's daughter has also tested positive and is in self-isolation

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Messages of condolences have continued to pour in for blind community activists Heidi and Barry Volkwijn who died from the Covid-19 virus.

The couple died on Saturday, just hours apart, after being admitted to Constantiaberg MediClinic with respiratory complications last week. Their 19-year-old daughter, Amy, also tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating.

The family spokesperson Brehndan Botha said their family was in shock. Botha said:

"Barry was admitted to hospital on June 10 after a couple of days of showing symptoms. He had breathing difficulties. For our family, this was our first direct connection with the virus."
Cape Town teen loses both parents to Covid-19 just hours apart

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He said the day after Barry was hospitalised, Heidi started experiencing the symptoms as well. She and her daughter got tested and both were positive.

Amy exhibited mild symptoms so she was able to go home and self-isolate, Heidi was hospitalised, reported Independent Online.

Botha added that:

"On Friday, Heidi and Barry spent their 21st wedding anniversary sedated in hospital in different wards."

Devastated that she lost both her parents hours apart, Amy consoled herself with knowing that at least the inseparable couple are still together. She said:

"I couldn't see my mommy and daddy without each other. I am glad that even though they are gone, they are still together."

Barry, a 48-year old driver at Alexandra Psychiatric Hospital died in the early hours of the morning. Heidi, a 43-year old motivational speaker and manager of services for youth and adults at the League of Friends for the Blind, died later that afternoon, said News24.

The family had started displaying flu-like symptoms less than three weeks ago. Amy, who is still in isolation, said she was still coming to terms with losing both her parents.

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