Healthy mountain climber dad dies of Covid wishing he had listened and got jab
A heartbroken twin sister is urging people to get vaccinated after her "superfit" brother refused the jab – and tragically died of Covid.
Jenny Mccann, 42, happily took her vaccination but her twin brother John Eyers refused.
The fit and healthy 'ironman' reportedly believed he would only suffer a "mild illness" because he was active with no medical complications.
But mother-of-two Jenny said she and her family was hit with tragedy when John was suddenly taken to hospital with coronavirus and died just four weeks later.
Jenny said: "He was the fittest, healthiest person I know. He was climbing Welsh mountains and wild camping four weeks before his death.
"The only pre-existing health condition he had was the belief in his own immortality . He thought if he contracted Covid-19 he would be OK.
"He thought he would have a mild illness. He didn't want to put a vaccine on his body."
Mr Eyers, of Southport, Merseyside, sadly died after suffering an infection and organ failure four weeks after testing positive.
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His death came just one month after the keen climber had been scaling mountains in Wales and camping 'in the rough' of the countryside.
Sister Jenny, who lives in North West London, took up her vaccination in May but John declined.
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She says her brother told his consultant he wish he was vaccinated before going onto a ventilator.
Writing online, she said: "My 42-year-old old twin brother died in ITU of Covid-19 last week.
"He died exactly four weeks after testing positive."
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Jenny says her brother was "pumped full of every drug in the hospital" but he tragically passed away from the virus.
She said: "They threw everything at him. But eventually the bedfellow of Covid-19, infection and organ failure, claimed his life.
"Before he was ventilated he told his consultant that he wished he had been vaccinated. That he wished he had listened. His death is a tragedy. It shouldn't have happened. He leaves a mum and dad, a sister (me), and a 19-year-old daughter."
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John was described as a "fun uncle" who dressed up as Father Christmas on Christmas Day.
Jenny added: "My mum has lost her baby boy. My niece, her much loved and needed dad. This shouldn't have happened.
"My mum wants people to know about John. For his story to save someone's life. For pain and loss to drive people to get a vaccine."
Jenny had her first vaccine on May 10 and praised the NHS.
At the time, she said: "Full on tears after getting Covid jab. Really shows the collective weight we've all been carrying. So grateful to the NHS."
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