Soldier mum-of-two dies of Covid just 18 months after sister dies from killer virus

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Angellina Chafulumira Francis, 43, died from a blood clot after contracting Covid and being admitted to hospital. Her sister Elsie – who worked as a hero nurse – also died from the virus in April 2020

Angellina Chafulumira Francis and her sister Elsie Chafulumira Sazuze both died after contracting Covid-19
Angellina Chafulumira Francis and her sister Elsie Chafulumira Sazuze both died after contracting Covid-19

A mother-of-two has died of Covid-19 just 18 months after her sister died of the same killer virus, with heartbreaking tributes being made to the pair.

Angellina Chafulumira Francis, a former British Army soldier, is said to have died from a blood clot on October 27 after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19.

The 43-year-old leaves behind a nine-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, Yorkshire Live reports.

Her sister Elsie Chafulumira Sazuze, a Birmingham nurse, also died of Covid-19 in April last year. She was 45.

Angellina, who lived in Dishforth with her husband and two children, came to the UK from Malawi as a student before joining the army.

Those who knew and loved her, described the Angellina as “warm and friendly” and as someone who had a ready smile
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Those who knew and loved her, described the Angellina as “warm and friendly” and as someone who had a ready smile)

Those who knew and loved her, described Angellina as “warm and friendly” and as someone who had a ready smile.

Her friend William Fungatira said: “We were childhood friends, we grew up together in the same neighbourhood back home.

“She was very warm, very friendly, very charming. Last time I met her was at a wedding two years ago and we had a chat and talked about our memories.

“She was very kind and someone great to be around.”

Over the years, Angellina moved around a lot and lived in Germany and Canada before returning to the UK six months ago.

“She loved her kids and taking care of them, she was very family oriented.

“We will definitely miss her. Whenever she was around, she’d always have a smile and laugh.”

Angellina Chafulumira Francis when she graduated from university

Mr Fungatira has now set up a fundraising page to raise money to return Angellina’s body to Malawi and give her family the chance to mourn their painful loss.

Writing on gofundme, he said: “Just last year, we buried Angellina’s sister, Elsie Chafulumira Sazuze, a practising nurse here in the UK, who succumbed to Covid-19.

“Needless to say, the pain of this loss to the family is unimaginably heart-wrenching – two young children now have to grow up without a mother; Angellina’s mother, still mourning the death of a daughter less than 20 months ago now loses another daughter. The passing of Angellina is truly tragic to the family.”

More than £11,000 has been raised so far and Mr Fungatira has thanked people for their generosity.

“I’d like to thank people for their support and donations, it’s been tremendous and it will go a long way,” he said.

If you would like to donate to help Angellina’s family, you can do so here.

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