Identical twin sisters have died within three days of each other after both tested positive for COVID-19.
Children’s nurse Katy Davis, 37, died at Southampton general hospital on Tuesday. On Friday her identical twin sister, Emma, died at the same hospital.
Their sister, Zoe, told the BBC: “They always said they had come into the world together and would go out together as well.”
Zoe Davis said the “amazing” pair, who lived together, had underlying health conditions and had been unwell for some time.
Katy’s colleagues at Southampton Children’s Hospital, where she worked as the child health risk and patient safety lead, have now paid tribute to her.
Paediatrician Kate Pryde said to BBC: ‘Katy was so passionate about reducing harm and putting our patients first. I had my eye-shadow on for her this evening.. Rest easy Katy.’
Paediatric senior Sarah Chittock said: ‘Dearest Katy, what an inspirational nurse and young lady. Would go out of her way to help others.
‘Katy always wore a smile and the most wonderful sparkly eye shadow. Your memory will continue to sparkle in the children’s hospital.’
May their souls rest in peace.
A spokesman for University Hospital Southampton (UHS) said that Katy had worked as risk and patient safety lead in child health, though had been unwell for a period prior to her admittance to hospital when she tested positive for Covid-19.
Emma had also worked for UHS for nine years as a nurse in surgery in the colorectal unit until 2013, he added.
The spokesman said: “She had the same underlying health condition as Katy and had been unwell prior to her admission when she tested positive for Covid-19.
“She sadly also passed away last night and it goes without saying just how devastating and tragic this is for the family and all who knew them.