‘Who’s next daddy, is it you or me?’ – Boy, 7, asked his dad after his mother and grandmother died from Coronavirus

A seven-year-old boy asked his father “who’s next Daddy? Is it going to be you or is it going to be me?”, after his mother and grandmother died with coronavirus four days apart.

Chris Cadby lost his wife Julianne, 49, after her own mother, Joan, 84, died on Easter Sunday. Both deaths were linked to Covid-19.

Cadby, from Cardiff, told Sky News: “I had to find the strength to tell our son, Evan, what had happened. It was heartbreaking as I had only just told him a few days earlier his nanny had died. He hadn’t seen his mum for a week because she had been suffering with the virus.”

‘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?”

Mr Cadby, who gave his wife CPR in an attempt to resuscitate her, later got infected with Coronavirus. His son also tested positive but has not had any symptoms.

 

His mother-in-law Joan, 84, who lived with the family, died at home on April 11. She had earlier been discharged from hospital after an operation and spending time on a Covid-19 ward.

 

According to Cadby, his wife, Julianne, who was a business manager for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s specialist child and mental health services, developed Coronavirus symptoms and was self-isolating in her bedroom.

 

He said he had told his wife about her mother’s death and was unable to go over and hug her because of her symptoms.

 

Four days later, Mr. Cadby said his wife asked him to call for an ambulance due to her Coronavirus symptoms.

 

He said: ‘I was talking to her and she turned round and she said to me, “I think I need to go in”. As soon as she said that I grabbed my phone and dialled 999. By the time I pressed enter and turned around to her, she was slumped back on the bed and she was gone. I knew she was gone.’

 

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