The husband of Tobago’s fourth COVID-19 fatality says trying to come to terms with the loss is very difficult at this time.
Carlos Thomas lost his wife Violet Thomas, 61, who died at the Scarborough General Hospital on Sunday.
“I know she was sick. She had high blood pressure, she had diabetes and she was sick with her heart, but she never had any cold, cough or fever or anything that looks like COVID.”
Thomas, who said he lived alone with his wife, described her as loving and hardworking.
“She is originally from Jamaica and I’m from Tobago. We got married a long time ago. We didn’t have any kids. She was a really nice person. Nothing was too hard or not enough to share with anybody in need.”
Through tears, the Signal Hill resident said although his wife was battling with various ailments for the last seven to eight years, she was able to still lead a productive and comfortable life due to her medication and regular doctors’ visits.
“She was in the hospital last week Tuesday and Wednesday, and Saturday I had to call the ambulance to take her to the hospital…on Sunday…because she was saying she could not breathe, and by the time she reach up there she dead.”
Thomas repeatedly stated, “She used to be attending doctor all the time.”
He admitted to still being a bit confused about his wife’s death.
“I don’t know if it is she heart that give out or the diabetes or what but is only after she die they tell me she have COVID. I still don’t know where she got it from or how she got it but they tell me Violet have COVID.”
Thomas said he was barely able to consume the news of his wife’s death when he was told that he was going to be swabbed and placed in quarantine.
“Right now I talking to you under quarantine. I have to stay inside…no visitors for 14 days. Violet is gone…it used to just be me and she. COVID take she and that is that.”
Barely able to maintain composure Thomas said his wife was being laid to rest yesterday and he would not be allowed to attend the funeral. He never got the opportunity to see her body.
“She went in and never come out,” he said.
Within the last 48 hours the island recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases. There are 75 active COVID-19 cases on the island.