'Fit and healthy' mother-of-two, 38, dies from Covid

Unvaccinated mother-of-two, 38, dies from Covid after ignoring pleas to get vaccinated ‘because of things she had read on social media’

  • Nuria Daniela Gomes, 38, tested positive and passed away just seven days later
  • She contacted her friend Mena Tando, 37, to let her know her condition
  • Ms Tando tried to pursuade Ms Gomes to get vaccinated but she would not  

A ‘fit and healthy’ mother-of-two has died from Covid-19 after ignoring her best friend’s pleas to get vaccinated.  

Nuria Daniela Gomes, 38, tested positive on December 2 and passed away just seven days later, leaving her daughters, Erica, 20, and Myra, 17, bereft.

Ms Gomes, originally from Angola, told her friend, Mena Tando, she had Covid on December 3 – but said ‘there was no need to worry about it’.

Ms Tando said she tried to persuade Mr Gomes to get vaccinated, but the mother-of-two was ‘concerned’ about things she had read on social media.

Ms Tando, 37, said: ‘I tried to persuade her to get vaccinated, but she was concerned. She had read things on social media about there being possible consequences in a couple of years. I am missing her a lot.’

Ms Tando said she dropped groceries off on Ms Gomes’ doorstep in Liverpool and kept in touch for the next few days.

By December 7 Ms Tando was concerned about her friend’s persistent cough. Then, she had a missed call at 1am.

Nuria Daniela Gomes (pictured), 38, tested positive on December 2 and passed away just seven days later, leaving her daughters, Erica, 20, and Myra, 17, bereft

When Ms Tando rang back, Myra said her mother had been taken to hospital. By 2am on December 9, Ms Tando was told Ms Gomes had died.

She said: ‘It was a big shock for me, I had been speaking to her all week and to get a call to say she had passed away I just could not believe it.

Ms Gomes’ daughter Erica recalled the traumatic minutes when her mother’s health dramatically worsened.

She said: ‘Mum didn’t want to sleep alone so we put a mattress in her room. We could hear she was struggling to breathe. I was panicking, but she said she was fine.

‘When we switched the light on we saw her hands were purple, her lips were purple and her eyes looked huge. It was really disturbing.’

The two sisters called an ambulance and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but their mother died before she made it to Whiston Hospital.

Erica said: ‘It was all happening so quickly. I still have flashbacks and then I try to quickly forget.’

Myra said she and her sister prayed for their mother as she struggled. ‘Ever since we were little my mum has been taking care of us on her own. She is all we had.

‘She was so hard-working, caring, lovely, funny, she brought us up with respect and taught us everything we know. We were really close. She always heard us when we wanted to talk.

Erica recalled the traumatic minutes when her mother’s health dramatically worsened. Pictured, Ms Gomes

‘She taught us to be grateful for everything we had. She always helped everyone she met and was the most genuine soul anyone could ever meet.

‘Everything I am is because of her. She impacted my life in a way no one else could.’

Ms Gomes’ closest friend, Elizabeth Neto, 35, said they were all ‘massively shocked’ and left trying to come to terms with what has happened.

Ms Neto, a foster carer and administration officer from Salford, said: ‘It’s surreal, it’s unbelievable, it’s a massive shock.’

She remembers Nuria as ‘very open, very friendly, always smiling, always in a good mood’.

They had both moved to the UK from Angola, and bonded 17 years ago when a mutual friend introduced them.

When they both became mothers they were always part of each other’s milestone celebrations.

Ms Neto said: ‘We would be at weddings together, we shared celebrations. I am trying to come to terms with it.’

 

Nuria’s daughters, both students, said they now feel ‘completely lost’ as they try to cope with their grief without their father who lives thousands of miles away in Angola, central Africa.

Myra said: ‘We don’t know how we are going to pay for the funeral costs and we are completely lost.’

Ms Neto and Ms Tando have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the funeral.

Ms Tando said: ‘I have known Nuria for 19 years. We met in a hostel in Liverpool in 2003 and from there we became friends. She was so quiet, a kind and easy going person and was always there whenever you needed her.

‘She was always available to help. The friendship grew stronger and stronger.’ 

To donate to the fundraiser, visit: https://gofund.me/544c759f 

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