‘Superhero’ mum who caught Covid while pregnant died without meeting her baby

A mum has died after catching coronavirus whilst pregnant, meaning she never got to meet her newborn baby.

Miraculously, 35-year-old “superhero” Samantha Willis delivered the child – named Evie Grace – whilst suffering from the killer illness.

The tragic battle with the virus lasted 16 days with Samantha, from Derry in Northern Ireland, passing away at Altnagelvin Hospital on Friday.

Now, her devastated husband Josh Willis has taken to Facebook with a post to pay tribute to his beloved wife, reports BelfastLive.

He wrote: “Today has been the worst day of my life. I have lost the love of my life Samantha to Covid-19.

"Myself, her mother and two eldest children were by her side. She was in no pain and was comfortable when she slipped away."

Her baby was delivered healthily – but never got to properly meet or be cuddled by her mum.

Josh vowed: “I will make sure that Evie Grace will know all about the mother she will never meet.

"I will never let anyone forget you and I will remember all the special times and experiences we shared together.

"The children including Holly and Shéa are now my main priority.”

In the emotional social media post, Josh also reflected on Samantha’s life, and praised the heroic staff at Altnagelvin Hospital for caring for her.

He continued: “She was a wonderful, loving and caring person and she has been our superhero the last few weeks.

“She is now our guardian angel and she will remain in our hearts and thoughts for evermore.

“We love you loads and miss you. We wish we could only have helped you get home to live the rest of your life with us.

"I will never stop loving you and we will do our best to make you proud until we see you again. Sleep tight my queen.”

"Thanks to all the staff at Altnagelvin Hospital who met Samantha on her journey. You are all truly wonderful people and I will never forget what you have done for Samantha and our family."

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