A seven-year-old boy, Evan who had just lost his grandmother and mother to the deadly Coronavirus asked his dad “who’s next Daddy? Is it you or me?.”
The boy’s father, Chris Cadby, 43, from Cardiff, lost his wife, Julianne, and his mother-in-law, Joan, 84, to the deadly disease in the space of four days in April.
Julianne was an NHS worker in Cardiff, Wales, who died of COVID-19 only four days after her mother Joan, 84, died of the virus too.
She was a “much-loved” member of her team having worked for over twenty years in several capacities at her health board in Cardiff, Wales.
Chris revealed that he had shared the sad news with his son Evan, 7, and the child asked ‘who was next’.
He said: ‘I had to tell him on Sunday that his nanny had died. I said “Evan”. He said “yeah”. ‘Mummy’s gone to be with nanny. He said “what?” I said: “She’s gone with Nanny, mate.”
‘He just came over and gave me a hug. He had a little cry and in the afternoon he said: “Who’s next, Daddy? Is it going to be you? Or is it going to be me?”
‘I said: “I hope it’s none of us. We don’t want any more, do we?”
Chris went on Sky News to share the message of the need and importance of social distancing.
He said: “You got these people still going out just please go in. It’s not just for you, it’s for me.”
“My mother-in-law Joan died on Easter Saturday. She was 84 and was living with us after spending time on a COVID-19 ward following an operation.
“Her condition had deteriorated over the Easter weekend. She became more and more incoherent and even stopped taking her tablets.
“I went to check on her at about 7.30pm and she was gone. It was devastating.
“I went upstairs to tell my wife Julianne who was suffering from symptoms of the virus so was self-isolating in our bedroom.
“I opened up the bedroom door and said: “Ju, your mother’s gone.” I couldn’t go in and hug her. I just had to leave her on her own. There was nothing else I could do.
“Just four days later, Julianne’s condition worsened.
“It was just before midnight and she had asked me to run her a bath. When I went back in to see her, she said: “I think I need to go to (the) hospital.”
“As soon as she said that I grabbed my phone and dialled 999. But by the time I pressed enter and turned to her, she had slumped back on the bed.
“I knew she was gone.
“I tried my best and gave CPR before the paramedics arrived but it wasn’t enough.
“Evan also tested positive for the virus but he hasn’t shown any symptoms and is fine,” he continued.
“I can’t wait to give him a big hug.
“We’re having a joint funeral for Julianne and her mum but only 10 people can go.
“It’s not going to be what they deserve but unfortunately we all understand and we’ve got to abide by the rules.
He went on to reveal the there has been a fund raiser for Evan which will be given to him when he turns 18.
he said, “Other mums and dads at Evan’s school have raised money for the family. It will all go to Evan for when he’s older. He’s not going to have a mum when he’s 18 so the money is his.
“It’s amazing what they have done. I can’t thank people enough. But all the money in the world won’t bring Julianne and Joan back.
“For anyone not sticking to the lockdown rules, I’ve got one message: Just please stay in.
“It’s not just for you, it’s for everyone. Just stay in the house. Life is too short,” he added.
Watch a short clip from the video below: