A young mum has died from cancer because she couldn’t receive chemotherapy due to coronavirus.
Kelly Smith, 31, from Cheshire in northwest England, died from bowel cancer on June 13.
“She fought to the very end with great dignity and our hearts are broken at her loss,” her parents wrote on Instagram.
She’s survived by her six-year-old son Finn.
Her death is the subject of BBC’s documentary series Panorama.
Ms Smith, who had been battling cancer for three years, said she was angry she couldn’t receive chemo and was scared of dying.
"Terrified. Absolutely terrified. I don't want to die. I feel like I've so much more to do,” she told the program.
Her friend Deborah James, a reporter from the BBC who also has cancer, wrote in The Sun, Ms Smith’s cancer was incurable but not receiving treatment potentially robbed her on time with her little boy.
“Could they have gone on one more holiday together? Most likely, yes. When you are in your thirties and you have incurable cancer, every single day counts,” James wrote.
“COVID-19 stole the most precious thing from my friend: Time.”
Thousands in the UK have had their treatments put on hold due to the virus.
The UK has recorded more than 44,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.
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