Kellyanne Syme, 42, had to be rushed to hospital on Christmas Eve. One of her children described her as ‘the most amazing person ever’ who ‘was so kind and big-hearted’
A mum-of-four has tragically died of Covid after she was forced to repeatedly postpone getting her second vaccine dose due to recurring illness.
Kellyanne Syme, 42, passed away on January 4 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, the Daily Record reports.
She was said to have “fought hard until the end”, but had a lung condition called emphysema which can cause shortness of breath and coughing.
Over time, the condition damages people’s air sacs until eventually their inner walls become weaker and rupture.
Kellyanne got her first Covid jab at the beginning of last year, but the illness meant she had to keep postponing her second jab.
In the months after her first vaccine and throughout 2021, she repeatedly developed bacterial chest infections from catching the cold and flu, worsened by her emphysema.
NHS guidance says that if you feel very unwell or have a fever to postpone your jab appointment.
Kellyanne never recovered enough to get her second jab.
She had hoped she would finally be able to get her second jab in December, after a spell of feeling better.
But then she again fell ill with the flu again and had to reschedule the appointment until January.
Tragically she caught Covid on December 20 and never recovered.
Her devastated family have paid tribute to their “genuine angel” mum who had the “kindest soul”.
Daughter Taylor, 20, told the Record: “My mum tested positive for Covid on December 20th and she was doing okay but she took a bad turn on Christmas Eve and I had to phone an ambulance.
“We thought she was going to be okay but she was admitted to intensive care and her symptoms kept getting worse.
“She was the most amazing person ever. She was so kind and big-hearted.
“She would help anybody and she was never negative, even though she was in so much pain.
“I miss her very much. It was peaceful for her at least as she had no idea she was going to go – she thought she was coming home.”
Kellyanne leaves behind devastated daughters Taylor, 20, Katelyn, 23, and Jennifer, 12, as well as heartbroken son Brenden, 22.
She was described as the “best wee granny” to her grandchildren Andre, four, Linkin, three, and baby Roman.
Kellyanne’s mum Marianna, 67, is also currently in hospital fighting the disease after being admitted just days before her daughter.
Taylor urged people to take coronavirus seriously as she launched a fundraising page to give Kellyanne the send off she deserves.
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She said: “A lot of people are not taking it seriously. They think it’s been here for two years so it isn’t that bad.
“They don’t know the effect it has. We were planning Christmas and then we lost our mum. Wear masks and take precautions. If you get symptoms then isolate.
“Protect other peoples families.”
The distraught family also lost their dad five years ago, so the financial pressure of a funeral has fallen on Kellyanne’s children.
So far nearly £2,000 has been raised.
Donations to the fundraiser can be made here .
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.