Beloved mum-of-ten Sharon Winsper, 54, who worked as a psychic medium in Liverpool, initially suspected she’d caught a nasty cold but had to be rushed to intensive care
The heartbroken daughter of a mum-of-ten who died of Covid aged 54 has paid tribute to her “kind-hearted” and “loving mother”.
Psychic medium Sharon Winsper, 54, originally from Stechford in Birmingham, initially suspected she had caught a nasty cold before she experienced breathing difficulties.
She was then rushed to hospital near her home in Liverpool where she was admitted to intensive care and induced into a coma.
Her family were hopeful that she would recover, but tragically she caught another infection earlier this month.
Sharon’s body was too weak to fight off the new illness and she died on December 9, Birmingham Live reports.
The psychic medium and nan-of-11 lived in Acocks Green, Handsworth and Edgbaston before she moved to Liverpool a decade ago to be nearer to the sea.
Her heartbroken daughter Kerry Read is trying to raise funds to transport her mum’s remains to the Midlands, where she can be buried with relatives.
“Mum was too young to die,” Kerry said.
“She celebrated her 54th birthday in hospital last month – we thought we would have a lot more years with her to make more memories.
“Mum was a kind-hearted, loving mother and couldn’t do enough for anyone. She just thought it was a bad cold at first and spent about a week in bed, but then it got to the point she was struggling to breath.
“She was taken straight into intensive care in October with covid and put into a coma for over five weeks. She started to make a slow recovery and had a tracheotomy fitted to help with her breathing.
“Day by day, she was getting stronger and even started smiling and communicating with us. She began having physio and we believed things were starting to look positive. We were cautiously hopeful for the coming weeks and months.
“But then on December 6, she contracted another infection and pneumonia but the covid meant her body couldn’t fight it.
“It came on so suddenly and severely. She had no fight left as this infection was quite severe and left her unable to breath by herself due to the damage in her lungs.
“The family was called in to say our goodbyes and she passed away peacefully with us all at her bedside holding her hand.”
Kerry said Sharon’s six daughters and four sons knew she would want her final resting place to be in the Midlands, alongside the grave of her stillborn daughter Grace.
They have launched a £4,500 fundraising appeal on Gofundme to help towards funeral costs and return Sharon’s body.
“Although Mum worked as a psychic medium in Liverpool, making lots of new friends along the way, the family know she wanted to be laid to rest in the same cemetery as Grace,” Kerry said.
“She was not just our mum, but our best friend. We were always on the phone to her.
“All this planning we have to do for the funeral, my mum would be the one person I would phone and ask her opinion on stuff like this. Then I have to remember that it’s my mum I’m planning this for, and that’s heartbreaking.”
Covid restrictions have been stepped up in recent days, along with a public appeal to get jabbed with the booster, over fears the Omicron variant is spreading quicker than other forms of coronavirus.
Balloons are set to be released in memory of Sharon on Sunday, December 19, at Hall Road Beach in Crosby.
Anyone who would like to donate to the family’s fundraising appeal will find it here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.