The family of a 38-year-old dad of four from Romford who died from Covid have spoken of their shock at his sudden death.
Antony Ayiotis died in hospital on September 17 almost a week after he had been admitted with coronavirus.
He had not taken the vaccine as he believed he ‘didn’t go out’ enough to need it.
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Speaking to My London, Antony’s sister Stacie Ayiotis, 36, said that his illness had shocked and devastated their family.
She said: “We’re all absolutely heartbroken and devastated. It all happened so quickly.
(Image: Stacie Ayiotis)
“Every day he was in hospital he deteriorated. We didn’t for one minute think he would die like that.”
Antony’s death was made all the more alarming by the fact he did not have any underlying health conditions prior to catching Covid.
Stacie told My London that it had put the benefits of the vaccine into stark perspective in the most tragic way possible.
She said: “His partner was double jabbed so thankfully didn’t catch it, but he went into hospital last week on the Saturday and died the following Friday.
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“He had no underlying health conditions, he didn’t smoke and he didn’t drink – but he wasn’t jabbed.
“He said he didn’t need to be because he didn’t go out.
“It makes you realise how good the vaccine must be, his partner who was double jabbed didn’t get it and he ended up dying from it.”
In order to celebrate Antony’s life, Stacie and her family have appealed for donations on GoFundMe to put some money aside for his family and to pay for a funeral.
Stacie believes that while the family continues to adjust to the shock of losing him, it is important to pay their respects.
(Image: Stacie Ayiotis)
She said: “It’s all still so raw we’re dealing with the shock and the grief.
“Obviously nobody was prepared for it, we want to give him the best send-off we can, for him and his children.
“He was very close to all his children, the three boys he had with his ex-wife and his daughter with his current partner.
“It’ll be something for them to say goodbye properly.”
If you would like to donate to Antony’s fundraiser, you can do so here.
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