Husband of unvaccinated mum who died before meeting baby urges people to get jab

A joint baptism and funeral service was held today after an unvaccinated mum died of Covid before getting to meet her newborn daughter.

Samantha Willis, 35, was admitted to hospital in Northern Ireland while heavily pregnant and severely ill with the virus. She safely delivered her fourth child, Eviegrace, but never got to hold her in her arms.

Her grieving husband Josh has now revealed that his wife did not get the vaccine, as he made a desperate plea for others to get jabbed.

In a tweet via his business account, he said: ‘I spent hours in ICU on Thursday and Friday with my wife who passed away.

‘It’s real, the numbers are real. Get your vaccine so you or your family don’t have to go through what I have had to.

‘As I write this I am laying beside her, she is 35, unvaccinated and in a coffin. Let that sink in!’

Mum-of-four Samantha’s funeral was held this morning at St Columb’s Church in Derry, following her death on Friday.

The occasion was a unique commemoration of life and death as Father Sean O’Donnell, who led it, said it was the first time he has ever conducted a baptism at the same service as a funeral.  

He said it ‘speaks about death and life all interwoven’, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

‘It is sadness and joy all at the same time, but never brought together as close as this,’ he added.

‘And the joy of baptism of this new life doesn’t minimise death, but rather the sadness that brings us here all in the context of faith.’

Samantha died in in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, Northern Ireland with her husband, mum and two eldest children by her side.

Josh said in a tribute: ‘She was in no pain and was comfortable when she slipped away.

‘Whilst in hospital she also had to deliver our newest addition to the family who she has never met properly or held in her arms.

‘I will make sure that Eviegrace will know all about the mother she will never meet.

‘I will never let anyone forget you and I will remember all the special times and experiences we shared together.’

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