Wife whose husband died of Covid recalls his final moments

Mother whose husband, 46, died of Covid after seven weeks in ICU despite having no underlying health issues says she’s ‘honoured’ to have held him in his final moments because so many families don’t have the chance

  • Father-of-three Eric Ohene-Adjei, 46, died of Covid after seven weeks in hospital
  • His wife Rachel was lying by his side when doctors ‘turned off the machines’ 
  • Said she felt ‘honoured’ to have the opportunity to say a final goodbye 

A mother-of-three whose husband died of Covid said she feels ‘honoured’ to have been by his side for his final moments.

Rachel Ohene-Adjei held her ‘kind and caring’ husband Eric, 46, in her arms as doctors at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, ‘turned off the machines’ on April 17.

‘I’m honoured that I got to say goodbye to him because there are loads of families who didn’t get that opportunity and he wasn’t on his own,’ she told the BBC. 

Rachel Ohene-Adjei, pictured, held her ‘kind and caring’ husband Eric, 46, in her arms as doctors at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, ‘turned off the machines’ on April 17

Eric leaves behind their three children, Isaac, 12, Jacob, nine, and Ebony, eight, who have been asking for their father ‘every day’ 

‘I got to hold him and tell him how much we all loved him and missed him. And that we were going to be okay.’

Tesco security guard Eric, who had no underlying health conditions, had spent seven weeks in the intensive care unit. 

Rachel said: ‘It was seven weeks of torture. He said before he went in that he didn’t want to go into hospital because he knew wasn’t going to come out.’

Before he died, Rachel was told her husband’s condition was ‘not looking good’.

‘They took me to see him,’ she said. ‘They let me stay as long as I wanted. I even lay with him and held him and then they turned the machines off and he passed.’

She continued: ‘I feel so guilty for smiling but I can’t not smile when I speak about him because I am so proud. He was everything. He was amazing.’

Rachel said she feels ‘honoured’ to have been by his side for his final moments. Pictured, the couple together

Speaking to FEMAIL, Rachel praised the ‘incredible’ NHS staff for the ‘outstanding’ care they gave her husband. 

Eric leaves behind their three children, Isaac, 12, Jacob, nine, and Ebony, eight, who have been asking for their father ‘every day’. 

Rachel said she wanted to share her story to make people stop and think about their actions as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. 

She said: ‘I just think people need to be very careful and don’t rush back into things. Just be careful, please wear your face masks keep your 2m distance.

‘Don’t take life for granted and cherish every second you’ve got.’

Eric, a security guard at Tesco, had spent seven weeks in the intensive care unit at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

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