Couple married for 70 years hold hands in their hospital beds before they both died of Covid

A devastating picture has revealed the heartbreaking moment a couple married for 70 years held hands in their hospital beds just before they both died of Covid.   

Margaret and Derek Firth, both 91, died in Trafford General Hospital last week – but had been able to see each other in the hospital before they passed away.

The pair, who lived in Partington, were sweethearts since the age of 14. Margaret was originally admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital but later transferred to Trafford. 

When Derek was admitted to Wythenshawe at a later time, he was moved to Trafford to be with his wife after doctors feared she didn’t have long to live.

Their daughter Barbara Smith said that when Derek joined Margaret, she asked him ‘where’ve you been?’

Margaret and Derek Firth, both 91, died in Trafford General Hospital last week - but had been able to see each other in the hospital before they passed away

Margaret and Derek Firth, both 91, died in Trafford General Hospital last week - but had been able to see each other in the hospital before they passed away

Margaret and Derek Firth, both 91, died in Trafford General Hospital last week – but had been able to see each other in the hospital before they passed away

‘From then she seemed to get better, it seemed to give her a boost,’ Barbara told the M.E.N.

‘It was quite a sad moment, but it was really lovely that they were both there together.’

Derek died first on January 31, and Margaret passed away three days later.

Both were admitted after suffering with other health issues, but later caught Covid.

Explaining the process of how her dad was transferred to be with his wife, Barbara said: ‘I got a call to say we’re not happy with her, we think that she may go, would somebody like to visit.

‘And of course, my dad jumped at the chance to go and see her in hospital.

The pair, who lived in Partington, were sweethearts since the age of 14. Margaret was originally admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital but later transferred to Trafford

The pair, who lived in Partington, were sweethearts since the age of 14. Margaret was originally admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital but later transferred to Trafford

The pair, who lived in Partington, were sweethearts since the age of 14. Margaret was originally admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital but later transferred to Trafford

‘I think that is probably where he has contracted it, but to be honest he probably wouldn’t have had it any other way.

‘There’s no way he wasn’t going to not go and see her.’

Barbara, 50, paid tribute to the ‘amazing’ NHS staff, who also allowed visits from other family before they passed.

Margaret and Derek married in May 1950, and lived in Partington for most of their lives.

Margaret trained as a machinist and later worked as a cleaner at Broadoak School in Trafford, while Derek was initially a butcher and finished his working life as a storeman.

When Derek was then admitted to Wythenshawe at a later time, he was moved to Trafford to be with his wife after doctors feared she didn't have long to live

When Derek was then admitted to Wythenshawe at a later time, he was moved to Trafford to be with his wife after doctors feared she didn't have long to live

When Derek was then admitted to Wythenshawe at a later time, he was moved to Trafford to be with his wife after doctors feared she didn’t have long to live

They had five children, later going on to have 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Barbara said both her parents enjoyed socialising and going on holidays.

She said her mum was an ‘avid’ bingo player, while her dad enjoyed playing dominoes in pubs.

Another 27 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Greater Manchester’s hospitals. 

‘They loved enjoying themselves and making the most of life,’ Barbara said.

Last year they celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary.

A date for their funeral has yet to be confirmed, but the family hope that it will be a joint ceremony. 

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