Daughter pays tribute to father-of-two after he dies from coronavirus

Daughter pays tribute to father-of-two, 64, after he dies from coronavirus and leaves behind Down’s Syndrome adult son who he cared for full time

  • Frank Nuttall, who had diabetes, died at Royal Bolton Hospital on Sunday  
  • Daughter Elaine and wife Lesley are now grieving while in self-isolation 
  • Elaine has told of her heartbreak at not being able to comfort her children  

A daughter has paid tribute to a father-of-two, 64, after he died from coronavirus and left behind a Down’s Syndrome adult son for whom he cared for full time.  

Elaine Nuttall paid tribute to ‘amazing dad’ Frank Nuttall, who died aged 64 on Sunday evening of Covid-19.

The 38-year-old, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, says that her family is ‘broken’ after the death.

Frank Nuttall (left, with son Andrew and right, with daughter Elaine) died at Royal Bolton Hospital on Sunday evening 

She told of her pain as her family is not even able to grieve together amid the UK lockdown.

‘We are devastated, heartbroken, struggling – we just can’t believe it, ‘ she said. ‘My dad had diabetes but he was not unwell he was healthy, he loved walking and would walk for miles every day.’

Ms Nuttall said their lives will never be the same again and spoke of how Mr Nuttall was a rock to 36-year-old son Andrew, who has Down’s Syndrome. 

Pictured: The heart that Bolton Royal Hospital nurses gave to Frank while he was on the ventilator 

Andrew has yet to learn of his father’s death because he is cut off from Elaine and Mr Nuttall’s wife, Lesley, who are having to self-isolate after going to see Frank before he died.  

The precaution has also cut off Elaine from her two children – Kyle, 14, and Chloe, 13.   

She is devastated that she can’t even comfort her children and wider family and says that she’s been reduced to crying at the window as she looks over at her auntie’s home across the road. 

Frank was put on a ventilator on Monday last week after initially being taken to Royal Bolton Hospital on Friday March 28.

His loved ones weren’t allowed to see him but Elaine and her mother managed a quick phone call before he received breathing assistance. 

Visiting her father before his condition escalated, Elaine had sign a form to say that she understood she was risking her health and that she had to wear personal protective equipment.

And she was full of praise for the ‘amazing’ nurses who told her that they were treating Frank as though he was their father.  

‘When he died they cried with us,’ she said. ‘We have received a message of condolence from one of the nurses.’

Elaine urged people to stay inside and keep themselves safe as the UK’s death toll is now at 6,159. 


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