Twin sisters who had each worked as nurses have died within three days of each other after both tested positive for Covid-19.
Children’s nurse Katy Davis, 37, passed away at Southampton General Hospital on Tuesday while her identical twin, Emma, a former surgery nurse, died early on Friday.
The siblings, who both also suffered from an underlying health condition, have been praised for their excellent work in the nursing profession.
Their sister Zoe Davis told the BBC: ‘They always said they had come into the world together and would go out together as well. There are no words to describe how special they were.’
Zoe said the ‘amazing’ pair, who lived together, had been unwell for some time.
A spokesman for University Hospital Southampton (UHS) said that Katy had worked as risk and patient safety lead in child health but had been ill for a period prior to her admittance to hospital when she tested positive for coronavirus.
He added that Emma had also worked for UHS for nine years as a nurse in surgery in the colorectal unit until 2013.
The spokesman said: ‘She had the same underlying health condition as Katy and had been unwell prior to her admission when she tested positive for Covid-19.
‘She sadly also passed away last night and it goes without saying just how devastating and tragic this is for the family and all who knew them.
‘Emma has been described as an excellent nurse who was calm and cheerful and a good leader.
‘She was well liked by all and was a valuable member of the team during her time with us.
‘We are supporting Katy and Emma’s family as much as we can through this difficult and distressing period.’