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‘I asked my husband to find the will and I signed it’ - woman in hospital with coronavirus gives heartbreaking account


Yvonne Kinsella

Yvonne Kinsella

Yvonne Kinsella

A woman in hospital who has tested positive for coronavirus has given a heartbreaking account of asking her husband to go and bring in a will for her to sign in case she doesn’t survive.

Appearing on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live show last night, Yvonne Kinsella sent in a video from her hospital bed where she is currently being treated for COVID-19 and pneumonia.

The Dubliner, who is a mother of two and grandmother of two, tested positive after suffering symptoms and has a compromised immune system and asthma.

“I got here the other night and thought, ‘God, am I going to come back out?’”

“I asked my husband to find a will that we had in a drawer and I signed it. I just hated it and I told him to mind the kids. I didn’t think I would walk back out, I thought my heart was going to give, up the pain was unbearable,” she explained.

She said that she still has a fever and is waking up every day hoping that her condition will improve.

“All I can do is hope that I turn a corner in a week or so and I will be okay again.

“You go asleep and you just hope that god will wake you up, that you don’t have to go to ICU.

“Every time a doctor comes in you hope they’re not coming in to tell you bad news. When they told us the other night we were all positive it was heartbreaking, grown men and women were crying.” she said.

She paid tribute to “unbelievable” hospital staff.

“The staff are unbelievable, they have to go home to their own families but they’re still in looking after you they are unbelievable.

“I’m just hoping now that I will turn a corner and I will get out and see my kids and my grandkids again,” she added.

She urged people to heed HSE advice.

“I’d say to people, don’t be fools.

“I don’t know how I got it, don’t risk your life, don’t risk your family’s life, you never know when it is going to change,” she said.

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