Retired theatre assistant, 57, who returned to frontline during crisis dies of coronavirus after intensive care battle – as NHS staff deaths reach 46
- Andy Treble, 57, was a theatre assistant at Wrexham Maelor Hopsital
- Sister Maria Molloy said he was a ‘kind’ man who was always smiling
- His 17-year-old daughter says that she is devastated by his death
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A retired theatre assistant, 57, who returned to the frontline during the crisis that is gripping the country has died of coronavirus.
Andy Trebly is the 46th NHS worker to die of Covid-19 following an intensive care battle.
Family and colleagues today paid tribute him after his death yesterday. The Betsi Cadwaladr University Heath Board said: ‘It is with profound sadness that we can confirm that Andy Treble, a theatre assistant at Wrexham Maelor Hospital,has passed away. Andy sadly died on the critical care unit on Wednesday.’
Andy Treble (pictured, left, in PPE and, right, with his 17-year-old, Emily) has died after coming out of retirement to fight the virus
Mr Treble had worked at the hospital in north Wales for almost 40 years and was well-loved by his colleagues.
His sister, Maria Molloy, described her brother as a kind man who dedicated his life to his profession, and ‘always had a smile on his face.’
She said: ‘Andy absolutely loved working at the Maelor, his colleagues were his other family.
‘He had a very kind nature and always put everyone else before himself. He was always laughing and smiling, he was such a good man.
‘We are devastated by his loss but would like to thank the critical care team who did their very best for Andy and above all were there for him at the very end. We will be forever grateful to them.’
His 17-year-old daughter, Emily Treble, also expressed her sadness and said her father would be deeply missed.
Mr Treble (pictured) is the 44th NHS worker to have died in the battle against the coronavirus
She said: ‘He was such a lovely man, I’m proud to call him my father. He’s helped me through so much and he has always been there for me.
‘He always cheered me up by watching Laurel and Hardy together. He was so kind, so loving and he will be missed forever.’
Mr Treble leaves behind three other sisters – Caroline, Pauline and Linda.
It comes as:
- Professor Neil Ferguson insisted schools and more shops should not be open until everyone with symptoms, and everyone they have come into contact with, can been screened
- Dominic Raab is set to confirm that lockdown will stay in place until at least mid-May after a Cobra emergency committee meeting this afternoon
- A report sent to ministers has suggested coffee shops, restaurants and estate agents should be among the first to reopen on Britain’s high streets
- In a round of broadcast interviews, Mr Hancock insisted it was ‘too early’ for an exit strategy from the lockdown
- Mr Hancock defended the government’s handling of testing, despite it already having missed a target of carrying out 25,000 tests a day by mid-April
- Health Secretary repeated his promise that the Government will be carrying out 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month
David Bevan, theatre manager at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, said: ‘Andy was a well-loved colleague and friend to us all. His loss has left a hole in his theatre family and he will be sadly missed by everyone.
‘Andy was a hardworking, caring and compassionate member of our team with a wonderful sense of humour that touched us all.’
Imran Devji, Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s managing director, added: ‘On behalf of the staff at the hospital, and across the wider Health Board, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Andy’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
‘Andy was a valued member of the team and was very well-liked amongst his colleagues.
‘We are deeply saddened at the passing of a much loved member of staff. He will be truly missed by us all.’
In a joint statement, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s chief executive Simon Dean and chairman Mark Polin, said : ‘We offer our deepest condolences to Andy’s family, friends and colleagues at this terribly sad time. Every death from COVID-19 is devastating for loved ones, but when it is a colleague, it is all the more poignant.
‘Andy was proud to work for the health service and dedicated his career to caring for others.’
Heavily pregnant NHS nurse, 28, dies of coronavirus as friends and family mourn the deaths of three other brave health workers who have died on the frontline
By Raven Saunt, Tom Pyman and Amie Gorden for the MailOnline and Inderdeep Bains for the Daily Mail
Damning questions are being asked over why a nurse who died from coronavirus was still working well into the final three months of her pregnancy.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong’s condition deteriorated rapidly after contracting the virus last week, but desperate to save her baby daughter, she underwent an emergency caesarean.
Tragically, the 28-year-old died just days later on Easter Sunday.
The little girl is understood to be alive but it is not yet clear if she has tested positive for the disease.
Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: ‘The death of Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong from Luton and Dunstable Hospital could have been prevented, a child will now grow up without her mother – this tragedy could have been prevented’
However, concerns are being raised after Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where she nursed for five years, confirmed she had been working on ward 12 – which has since become a Covid-19 ward – until March 12 at least and possibly later.
She was eight months pregnant when she died and stopped working at 28 weeks, as permitted in official guidance, which hospital bosses said they followed.
However, it has led to renewed calls for a rethink, with campaigners insisting: ‘All pregnant women shouldn’t be on the frontline.’
Pictured: Father-of-two Dr Peter Tun, who worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for more than 21 years, passed away on Monday
Cheryl Williams (left), who worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward at North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton, north London, died on Easter Sunday
Father-of-two Dr Peter Tun, 62, died in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Reading on Monday.
Another victim, Ade Raymond, 48, had been working as a healthcare assistant for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust before he died.
And Cheryl Williams, who worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward at North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton, north London, died on Easter Sunday.
Another victim, Ade Raymond, 48, (pictured) had been working as a healthcare assistant for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust before he died
Colleagues of Mr Raymond at the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust have also paid tribute following his tragic death
Tributes have since been paid to Dr Tun who had worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for more than 21 years.
In an emotional statement, his children said: ‘Our family is immensely proud of our superhero dad.
‘He used to say, ‘Treat all your patients like they are your own family’, and this speaks to the type of character that he had.
‘To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day.’
It comes as a dental nurse was also confirmed to have died after being treated for coronavirus for a month.
Mother-of-one Linnette Cruz, 51, (pictured) was also confirmed to have died after being treated for coronavirus for a month
Mother-of-one Linnette Cruz, 51, was a senior head nurse at a practice in Sketty, Swansea.
Mrs Cruz was admitted to hospital last month after suffering with Covid-19 symptoms but died on April 14.
Dental practice owner Nik Patel paid tribute to her by saying: ‘She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her. She will be sadly missed by all.’
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