A GLASGOW dad who died from coronavirus is feared to have caught the killer bug at his daughter’s birthday party.
Douglas Chambers, 66, was one of five people to fall ill after daughter Wendy Russell’s 40th bash in Cambuslang last month.
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The party-goers, who had been sitting together, all rdeveloped typical Covid-19 symptoms – a temperature, aching bones and a shortness of breath – within three days of the March 7 function.
And now Wendy, who also suffered Covid-19 symptoms, has begged people to stay at home as she struggles to come to terms with her dad’s death.
She told the Rutherglen Reformer: “After he found out he had it, he was in tears, so upset.
“He knew himself what it meant. He was heartbroken when he phoned me up to let me know.”
Douglas, known by loved ones as Dougie, tested postivie for the killer bug and was admitted to intensive care.
The doting dad, who had underlying health conditions, passed away in hospital on March 26.
Wendy’s sister Lynsey Chambers, 43, had to carry out the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support on the family’s behalf.
As only one family member is permitted to do this, she had to say goodbye to her dad on her own, before removing personal protective equipment (PPE) and driving home alone.
In her own social media tribute, Lynsey said: “My dad put up a good fight but unfortunately his lungs were full of virus.
“Thankfully I was given the honour to be with him. It was beautifully peaceful, lots of hand holding, loving words and stroking his face.
“The staff were amazing and truly devastated at this current situation.
“Thanks for the many conversations auld yin…..I’m me because of you and I thank you.
“Now please people, stay the f*** in the house.”
Dougie was laid to rest this week at a small and intimate funeral, which could only be attended by 10 mourners due to strict lockdown measures.
But locals in Bridgeton, where Dougie grew up, used their daily exercise to applaud his final journey from the funeral home towards Daldowie Crematorium.
Wendy also rode his beloved Triumph America motorbike behind the hearse, with five of his fellow bikers following behind.
Today’s figures show that 336 people have now died from coronavirus, with 4,565 positive cases across the country.
Wendy added: “Coronavirus is right here, and it has been here for a long time. There was definitely community transmission at that event on March 7. It had infected my family within a week.
“We caught it right at the beginning. And within a month, this hit us in the face.
“What is really frustrating is that people are still going out and acting as if nothing is happening. They feel invincible and consider it just to be a bout of flu they can shrug off.
“It is so much more, and they should think of the responsibility they are putting on the family.
She appealed: “If you are not going to stay in for yourself, stay in for your family. Because what is left behind for the family is sheer devastation.”
A fudraiser for the British Heart Foundation has now been launched in Dougie’s memory.
The Dougie Chambers Breath of Life Fund has raised more than £1,180 so far.