Paramedic and father-of-two latest NHS heroes to die of coronavirus

Paramedic, 51, who battled coronavirus for weeks after ‘putting his life at risk for others’ and father-of-two become latest NHS heroes to die of the killer disease

  • Tributes have been paid to two NHS workers who died after battling coronavirus 
  • 51-year-old Robert Black died in hospital in Glasgow after contracting the virus
  • The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed the tragic news on Monday morning 
  • Father-of-two Mark Piggott passed away last week after treatment for Covid-19
  • His family labelled him ‘a great family man’ and hailed Sandwell General Hospital
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Tributes have flooded in for two NHS staff members who died after contracting coronavirus – with a brave paramedic and father-of-two becoming the latest frontline victims of Covid-19.  

Robert Black, 51 and a father-of-two, from Kintyre, died in hospital in Glasgow on Saturday after a battle which lasted ‘for weeks’.

As reported by Edinburgh Live, the Scottish Ambulance Service made the announcement on Monday morning to confirm that one of its staff members had passed away after contracting Covid-19.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, said: ‘On behalf of everyone at SAS, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. Our focus will be on supporting them during this very difficult time.’

Tributes have flooded in for two NHS staff members who died after contracting coronavirus – with brave paramedic Robert Black (left) and father-of-two Mark Piggott (right) becoming the latest frontline victims of Covid-19

The tragic news was also shared to social media by the Kintyre Community Resilience Group, who described a much-loved musician, family man and ‘huge character’ within the local community.

The post reads: ‘Everyone involved at Kintyre Community Resilience Group is devastated to hear the sad news about Robert Black who sadly passed away earlier today.

‘Robert was a well-known and loved character in Campbeltown – a great family man to his wife Cath and children Lorna and Andrew, a hugely respected and talented musician and a fantastic Paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service, who he served within the town and Kintyre.

‘Robert contracted Covid-19 a few weeks ago and was moved to Glasgow. 

Mr Black’s local community hailed a much-loved musician, family man and ‘huge character’ on social media

‘Robert fought a strong battle but sadly succumbed to this horrible virus earlier today.

‘This is particularly devastating to hear when it is someone who was young, so well liked and highly thought of here in Campbeltown, someone who worked within our emergency services, fighting against this pandemic.

‘Our thoughts are very much with Cath, Lorna, Andrew, his family, extensive friends and work colleagues at this extremely sad time. Take care.’

Responding to the tragic news, dozens of people shared their condolences for the ‘first class gent’ and former frontline worker.

One user said: ‘Sad news for the SAS crews in the west as well as control room staff who would have known this brave paramedic.

‘This should show how serious this is and the need to heed advice seriously and not to put these people at risk, as has been done here.

‘Love to all the paramedics family at this tragic time.’

‘As a former West Region employee, I’d like to pass my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Thinking also of my colleagues of the Scottish Ambulance Service. RIP,’ wrote one former SAS employee.

‘RIP thanku for putting your life at risk for others. What a hero,’ said another.

Another tribute said: ‘Like so many others I’m just devastated to hear the news about Robert Black.

‘And like so many others I’ve been touched by his complete kindness and generosity.

‘He was the real deal, first class gent.’

And father-of-two Mark Piggott also passed away from the deadly disease last week.

He was the head of capital projects and programmes at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and had also worked for neighbouring trusts.

His wife, Julie, said in a statement issued by the Trust: ‘Mark was a great family man, a loving husband and fantastic dad to our sons, Daniel and Alex.

Mr Piggott’s family hailed Sandwell General Hospital (pictured), who supported them with ‘compassion and kindness’

‘We’re devastated to have to say goodbye to him.

‘We would like to pay tribute to the staff at Sandwell General Hospital, who have cared for Mark and supported us as a family with compassion and kindness over the past few weeks.

‘We’d ask that you respect our wish for privacy at this difficult time, as we start to come to terms with our terrible loss.’

The Trust’s director of estates and the built environment, Graham Seager, said: ‘Mark had only been with us for a short time but had already made a massive impact.

‘Mark was an all-round great guy, you couldn’t ask for a better colleague, and he will be missed by us all.’  

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