A fitness enthusiast who refused to get the Covid jab said he “wished he had been vaccinated” before tragically dying from the virus.
Dad-of-one John Eyers, 42, who competed in Ironman and bodybuilding competitions, thought he would only have a “mild illness” if he contracted the virus but died exactly four weeks after testing positive for Covid.
Now, his heartbroken twin sister Jenny McCann is urging other people to get vaccinated.
‘He thought if he contracted Covid-19 he would be OK’
In an emotional post on Twitter, Ms McCann said: “My 42-year-old twin brother died of Covid-19 last week.
“He died exactly four weeks after testing positive. He was the fittest, healthiest person I know. He was climbing Welsh mountains and wild camping four weeks before his death.
“The only pre-existing health condition he had was the belief in his own immortality.
“He thought if he contracted Covid-19 he would be OK. He thought he would have a mild illness. He didn’t want to put a vaccine on his body.
“He was pumped full of every drug in the hospital. They threw everything at him. But eventually the bedfellow of Covid-19, infection and organ failure, claimed his life.
“Before he was ventilated he told his consultant that he wished he had been vaccinated. That he wished he had listened. His death is a tragedy. It shouldn’t have happened. He leaves a mum and dad, a sister (me), and a 19-year-old daughter.”
‘My mum has lost her baby boy’
Mr Eyers, a construction expert from Southport, Merseyside, was also described as the “fun uncle” who would dress up as Father Christmas on Christmas Day.
Ms McCann added: “My two children have lost their fun uncle. The uncle who would always play with them. The uncle that dressed up as Father Christmas on Christmas Day.
“My mum has lost her baby boy. My niece, her much loved and needed dad.
“This shouldn’t have happened. My mum wants people to know about John. For his story to save someone’s life. For pain and loss to drive people to get a vaccine.”
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