Devastated brother of healthy 39-year-old who went from perfectly fine to fighting for his life in intensive care within DAYS of being infected with Covid, relives his heartbreaking farewell in hospital before dying
- Family and best friend of woman who died of Covid say she deteriorated rapidly
- Adriana Takara, 39, a Brazilian woman died last weekend at RPA in Sydney Sydney
- She had surgery for blood clotting in her legs, but died afterwards
- Her brother says he doesn’t believe she has been vaccinated because of her age
The brother and best friend of a young woman who died of the coronavirus recalled their heartbreaking goodbye as her life slipped away in the ICU.
Adriana Midori Takara, 39, a Brazilian woman living in Sydney, died over the weekend at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, not long after contracting the virus, despite not having any underlying health problems.
Her cousin said she was hospitalized to undergo surgery for thrombosis (blood clotting) in both legs and expressed her fear of getting Covid, but her brother does not believe she has been vaccinated.
“What I know is that since she was 39, she still wasn’t her age to be able to make a booking for the vaccine, that’s all I know,” her brother Helio told A Current Affair.
Adriana was just a year too young to qualify for a Pfizer shot, which in Sydney is limited to 40-year-olds and older.
Adriana Midori Takara, 39, a Brazilian woman living in Sydney, died over the weekend not long after contracting the virus, despite having no underlying health conditions
Her brother Helio (pictured right) and best friend Fernanda (left) remembered Adriana as a ‘special’ and ‘very caring’ woman
She moved to Australia more than ten years ago to study and earned a master’s degree from Kaplan Business School.
She hoped to get permanent residency before her death.
Despite being incarcerated, doctors allowed her brother to say goodbye to his sister while she was being treated in the ICU.
Helio lives in Sydney and was able to visit her in person, but Adriana’s parents and other relatives are still in Brazil and were only able to see her via video chat.
“We got the chance to get an exemption to see her while she was in the ICU in her last moments,” Helio said.
“Doctors said it was a very critical condition, so they gave us one exemption to go there and see her and say goodbye.”
Her best friend Fernanda said the rate at which she deteriorated was the most alarming factor, especially considering Adriana was in good health before contracting Covid.
Adriana moved to Australia more than ten years ago to study and earned a master’s degree from Kaplan Business School. She hoped to get permanent residency before her death
Her best friend said the rate at which she deteriorated was the most alarming factor, especially as Adriana was believed to be in good health before contracting Covid
The 39-year-old’s roommate, from whom she contracted the virus, is said to have made a full recovery.
Helio said it was a particularly harrowing period for their family that Adriana could not see while she was dying in hospital.
“It was just so fast that everything happened, yeah, it’s just… it’s still going to be hard to believe and we’re still processing all of this slowly,” he said.
“Me as a brother and all her friends, we know how special she was…it’s been very hard.”