BBC journalist breaks down on air as both parents die from Covid 6 weeks apart
BBC journalist Cathy 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.
Elizabeth had Parkinson’s and tested positive for the virus when hospitalised after she suffered a stoke, 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 shewas 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.
“I’ve always been struck by the bravery of the people I’ve talked to and I’ve always been grateful to them too…..read more