A mother-of-two died just two days after being admitted to hospital with what she believed was flu.
Lisa Cheshire, 44, died on Valentine’s Day, from organ failure caused by pneumonia.
Ms Cheshire had the previous week complained of flu like symptoms, such as a headache and cough, and had taken a few days off work.
Her partner of 19-years, Stephen Smith, said like anyone else with flu Lisa ‘lay on the couch, took paracetamol and cough medicine’.
Ms Cheshire, pictured with her partner Stephen Smith and her children, had the previous week complained of flu like symptoms, such as a headache and cough, and had taken a few days off work
However, after believing she was ‘slightly picking up’ on Friday, he said she quickly deteriorated and on Monday he took her to the doctors, who immediately called an ambulance to take her to hospital.
Devastated Stephen, 62, said: ‘She just got progressively worse, it just happened so quickly.
‘Her hands were so cold, they were like ice.
‘On Saturday she said she felt awful and said she was going to ring the doctors on Monday morning.
‘But by Monday she could hardly get up and had to go down the stairs on her backside because she couldn’t walk.
‘I basically carried her into the doctors and from then it was just all systems go.’
Lisa, from Netherton, was admitted to hospital and even when she was put on the critical care ward Stephen said he ‘never ever in a million years’ thought they could lose her.
He said: ‘She was sitting up on the bed and she seemed okay.
‘She was having a laugh and a joke and we just thought that she was in the best place.
‘Doctors said that they were going to put her to sleep to try and help her breathing and oxygen levels.
‘I said ‘see you later’ before they took her down and that was the last time I ever spoke to her.’
Despite the best efforts of nurses and doctors, on Wednesday, February 14 – just two days after Lisa was admitted to hospital – Stephen was told there was nothing more they could do for her.
Heartbroken Stephen, a taxi driver, said: ‘I can’t take it in, I can’t grasp it.
‘I think it has only half registered with me.
‘I don’t know what I am going to do without her.’
The father-of-two, who is now the sole carer for his 11-year-old daughter Mollie and 15-year-old son Luke, said he wishes they had known earlier what Lisa had.
He said: ‘She had just lay on the couch, taking paracetamol and cough mixture because really that is what you are told to do if you think you have flu.
‘I never gave it a thought that anything like this could happen.
‘And 99 times out of 100 this would never happen and usually when you think you have flu, you do, but unfortunately in Lisa’s case it went horribly wrong.
‘I can’t believe it.’
Stephen said Lisa was devoted to her children, who he said are ‘missing her terribly’ and was very protective over them because she ‘just loved them so much’.
In a heartbreaking tribute to her mum and ‘best friend’, 11-year-old Mollie, who will soon be sitting her SATS said: ‘My mum will always be looking down on us and telling me and Luke to stay strong and keep up with school and pass are GCSEs and SATS.
‘Words can’t explain how much I love my mum, always will do and always have, I love her to the moon and back and more and always will.
‘I miss her so much.
‘We didn’t know how lucky we were and are to have her, she is the best, strongest, funniest, happiest, loveliest, selfless, kind, thoughtful and beautiful person I know and I cherish every moment that I had with her.’
A justgiving page has been set up to help the family and has so far raised almost £6,000, far surpassing its £2,500 target.
Stephen said he is overwhelmed by the amount of support they have received from people.
He said: ‘People have been so lovely and it is such a comfort to us.
‘We are so overwhelmed by people’s comforting words and we are gobsmacked at how many people have responded in the way that they have.
‘Lisa would hate all this limelight, she never wanted to be the centre of attention.
‘But I think she deserves it.’
Stephen said he wants people to be vigilant of their symptoms and seek medical advice if they are concerned.
He said: ‘The last thing I want to do is inundate the doctors but I don’t want anyone to have to go through this.
‘Lisa should have been here for 30 plus more years, watching her kids grow up and that is what upsets me so much – 44 is no age.
‘I will really, really miss her.’
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