A healthy young dad who became a father for the second time just 10 days ago died after showing coronavirus symptoms.
Thomas Davies, 27, fell ill last Friday during his last shift at the Albion Inn, in Bangor.
What started as a cough quickly became aches and then cold sweats.
Thomas Davies, 27, who became a father for the second time to Morgan just 10 days ago, has died after showing coronavirus symptoms
He passed away on Thursday, having spent the night sitting up with infant son Morgan.
Today, his heartbroken mother said she had not even been able to hug family members in their grief because they were observing social distancing.
Mandy Davies said: ‘We can’t embrace each other and I can’t even comfort my family because I can’t see them.
‘I can’t put my arms around any of them because we have to stay two metres apart.
‘I went to see my daughter and I had to stay at the bottom of the path.’
Ms Davies, 53, said Thomas had appeared to be over the worst of the illness and was getting better on Wednesday, when she last spoke to him. He too had been following government advice to self-isolate at home.
He was found dead by his partner Rhiannon Elias, also 27, at their Penygroes home on Thursday
But on Thursday, he was found dead by his partner Rhiannon Elias, also 27, at their Penygroes home.
Paramedics dressed in protective clothing took his body away.
Ms Davies said: ‘When I arrived at the hospital, they were all in their suits.
‘I couldn’t even touch him, I wasn’t allowed.
‘I wasn’t even allowed to see him for long because they suspected the virus, and they needed to put him back into bags.
‘He had a plastic bag over his face.’
Thomas with his two sons, Dylan, four, and newborn, Morgan. Ms Davies, a health care worker, said tests were due to be carried out to establish if Thomas had Covid-19.
Thomas’s heartbroken mother said she had not even been able to hug family members in their grief because they were observing social distancing.
Ms Davies said Thomas had had no prior medical problems.
She said: ‘He was fit, he was healthy, he was energetic, he never smoked.
‘He had nothing wrong with him. It’s a shock.
‘We’re just all in zombie mode at the moment.
‘I’ve been told to keep isolating. We’ve all got to self isolate. It’s all so cruel.’
Rhiannon has now been told she must isolate with her children, Dylan Elias-Davies, four, and newborn Morgan, for the next fortnight.
They had been unable to see Thomas’ body after he died.
Ms Davies added: ‘Rhiannon is absolutely devastated. She is in a million pieces. Her heart has come apart.’
Paying tribute to her son, Ms Davies described him as having a ‘heart of gold’, and said he was a ‘devoted dad’ to his boys.
‘You could not ask for a more loving dad for those boys,’ she said.
‘He would work so hard, not just to keep a roof over their head, but to give them everything they wanted and so much more.
Rhiannon (right) has now been told she must isolate with her children, Dylan Elias-Davies, four, and newborn Morgan, for the next fortnight
‘Dylan doesn’t understand,. He will be four this month. He was a daddy’s boy, and of course, Morgan will get to hear of memories, but that’s all he’ll have that we will keep alive
‘He couldn’t wait to become a dad again. You couldn’t get a more loving dad.’
She added how her son would ‘do anything for anybody’ and would always ‘go out of his way for anyone.’
‘He was just a happy lad,’ she added. ‘He was so polite and well mannered.
‘He was always happy and cracking jokes and smiling. He was always the one to put a smile on someone’s face if they were down. He was always joking.
‘He was just a lovely polite man.’
Ms Davies, who is no longer able to work, is now hoping to launch a fundraising campaign to help pay for her son’s funeral costs.
She said people needed to understand the very real danger coronavirus posed, adding: ‘This is no joke, take it seriously.
‘This is a young lad, he was 27 with a life in front of him and a young family.
‘Don’t let your kids out playing. Keep your distance, it’s just not worth it, stay at home.
‘There is nothing that can bring my boy back. I can’t reverse the clock. I can’t ever speak to him again, I can’t ever see him again.’
‘Self isolate. Listen. Just bloody listen.’