An unvaccinated father-of-seven who died of Covid in hospital after "putting off his jab" has left his devastated family to tragically face his funeral just two days before Christmas.
Martin Mulcahy tested positive for coronavirus on November 4 after doctors found his oxygen levels were low and he was struggling to breathe.
The 50-year-old from Camp Hill in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was taken by ambulance to the George Eliot hospital where he was placed on a ventilator.
But the security guard tragically passed away on December 5, MailOnline reports.
Martin had reportedly not been vaccinated because he "hadn't got round to it".
His wife Tracey, 45, admits she "didn't believe in the vaccine at first" but has no booked an appointment for her first dose.
She says it is now her "priority" because she has "witnessed the devastating effects first-hand".
Tracey, who is unvaccinated, told the MailOnline: "As a family we are heartbroken. He was the best father to our seven children and the most caring man on the planet.
"I still haven't processed what's happened and I keep expecting him to walk through the door any minute. It feels like a nightmare that won't end.
"Martin caught Covid after myself and our seven children – aged between nine and 25 – tested positive in late October.
"I was sceptical of the vaccine at first and didn't believe in it, but now I have booked an appointment for my first dose after Christmas. I've even told my kids that they are all having it. It's a priority."
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The pair, who had been together for over 20 years, were able to spend a few hours together the day before he died.
Tracey says she is "incredibly grateful" for the time they got "as it ended up being the last time I would see him alive."
It was "heartbreaking" for Tracey to see Martin so poorly and "lying on the hospital bed with tubes coming out of him and surrounded by different machines and wires, whilst on a ventilator."
Tracey says she is unsure whether Martin had contracted Delta or Omicron, but it spurred her to get the first dose of vaccine.
"If Martin had been jabbed, he may still be with us today," she said.
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Things haven't been easy for the family since Martin's death and Tracey says it's been "hard to keep positive – especially as the funeral is two days before Christmas day."
Martin's bank account has reportedly been frozen and the mum-of-seven says she has been struggling to make ends meet with no extra income.
Her sister Deborah Lea set up a GoFundMe page for the family to try and help them over the Christmas period.
"Everything I have is in Martin's name and the bank have told me his account won't be active until the New Year," Tracey said.
"So I am relying on donations, friends and family to get through Martin's funeral and the festive period."
To donate to the family's GoFundMe appeal to help raise money for Martin's funeral and Christmas, click here.
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