Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, health and care workers have continuously put their lives on the line for our safety.
More than 60,000 people have now died in the UK with coronavirus. Across the UK, 206 NHS workers have died since March 11 after contracting the virus.
In Wales, this included at least 16 frontline health and care workers.
Their names have been confirmed by their employers and through tributes issued by family members and colleagues.
The figure is likely to be lower than the true number of staff who have died as some names have not yet been released.
Mark Simons, Health care cssistant
Mark Simons, a health care assistant and Unite representative, worked at Royal Glamorgan Hospital. He died on November 10, 2020, after contracting coronavirus.
Unite Wales described him as “an extremely active and influential” representative, who was “tenacious and committed” and always did his best for the workers he represented.
The union said: “He was an outstanding health and safety rep who used his knowledge and great experience to protect workers within the health board, both before and during the current pandemic.”
Liz Spooner, Nurse
Liz Spooner, 62, had worked at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, for more than four decades before she died on May 18 after testing positive for coronavirus.
Her death was said to have left a “massive hole” at the hospital.
Jan Worthing, the hospital’s director, said: “Liz has always given her all, delivering an excellent standard of care. She was well-known throughout Singleton as a fantastic, caring colleague with a dry sense of humour.
“Liz will be sorely missed by us all and leaves a massive hole in the Singleton Hospital family. Our thoughts are with Liz’s daughter Zoe and her family.”
Julius Sana, Healthcare support worker
Julius Sana, 40, fell ill with Covid-19 while working at a private hospital which cares for people with neurodegenerative diseases in Newport. He died on April 26.
Mr Sana, from Newport, was a popular health care support worker at St Peter’s Hospital and was known for “always smiling”.
A friend who set up a Gofundme page for his family said: “Julius was a blessing to everyone he came across. His love, care and sincerity is irreplaceable.
“His passion, dedication and hard work as a healthcare worker is enduring.”
Sharon Scanlon, Care worker
The “dedicated, hard-working” 58-year-old was a member of Powys County Council’s adult social care team for four years. She died of suspected Covid-19 on April 23.
Ms Scanlon, from Brecon, was married and had two grown-up children and a granddaughter.
Andy Treble, Theatre assistant
The 57-year-old theatre assistant at Wrexham Maelor Hospital died on April 15 after testing positive for coronavirus.
His sister, Maria Molloy, described her brother – who had worked at the hospital for almost 40 years – as a “kind man” who dedicated his life to his profession and “always had a smile on his face”.
Mr Treble’s daughter, Emily, 17, said: “He was such a lovely man, I’m proud to call him my father.
“He’s helped me through so much and he has always been there for me.”
Leilani Medel, Nurse
Leilani Medel, who worked as an agency nurse in South Wales, was described as a “wonderful and caring person”.
Her employer, Cardiff-based Hoop Recruitment, said: “The nursing profession has lost a warm-natured and beautiful nurse who cared for so many vulnerable people during her nursing career.”
Jitendra Rathod, Surgeon
A “highly regarded” associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Mr Rathod died on April 6.
Mr Rathod, who was known to colleagues and friends as Jitu, had worked in the department of cardio-throacic surgery since the mid 1990s. He later had a brief stint abroad before returning to UHW in 2006.
The father-of-two was described as an “incredibly dedicated surgeon” who cared deeply for his patients and was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales.
Linnette Cruz, Dental nurse
The 51-year-old senior head nurse at the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty died on April 14. NHS Wales said Ms Cruz was admitted into hospital with Covid-19 in March.
Brynteg practice owner Nik Patel said: “She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her and will be sadly missed by all.”
Describing Ms Cruz, family friend Angeliza Tenorio said: “Anyone that knows her knows her to be one of the most vibrant, caring and the kindest souls. She will always be remembered by her contagious giggles, brightest of minds and never ending kindness to one and all.”
Donna Campbell, Healthcare support worker
Described by colleagues as “beautiful and kind-hearted”, the healthcare support worker from the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff died at the University Hospital of Wales on April 10.
Ms Campbell, was born in 1965 and was the eldest child of Lydia and Joslyn Campbell from Port Talbot, who arrived in Wales from Jamaica as part of the Windrush Generation.
She was a member of Windrush Cymru Elders. The group came together with Black History Wales and Race Council Cymru to pay tribute. They said: “Donna was a delightful, kind natured, all round wonderful human being who was selfless, wonderful and bubbly and is acknowledged as kind-hearted by all who knew her.
“Our hearts are broken that she lost her life to Covid-19 whilst doing her job as a healthcare worker.”
Sharon Bamford, Auxiliary nurse,
Sharon Bamford worked on the haematology/oncology ward at Singleton Hospital and died in intensive care on April 21 just days after her husband Malcolm Bamford died after he contracted the virus.
The couple had recently become grandparents to Nahum.
Mrs Bamford’s son Christian was also in hospital with Covid-19 but was later discharged.
Jan Worthing, director of Singleton Hospital, said: “Sharon was highly thought of by all the patients who have used the services and loved by her colleagues and friends within the team.
“Sharon’s sad death will leave a massive void within the team and within the Singleton family.
“Our thoughts and condolences are obviously with their sons Craig and Chris at this devastating time, with the loss of both Sharon and Malcolm. We offer our most sincere condolences to Sharon’s family, friends and colleagues at this extremely sad time.”
Gareth Roberts, Nurse
Gareth Roberts worked as a nurse at sites across the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area since the 1980s and came out of retirement in January 2015.
He died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil after testing positive for Covid-19.
In a statement, the health board said he was an “extremely popular, fun-filled and well liked person” who is survived by his wife, son and grandson.
Jenelyn Carter, Healthcare assistant
Swansea Bay University Health Board said it was “deeply saddened” to confirm the death of Jenelyn Carter who worked on the admissions ward at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. She was 42.
On Twitter, AMAU Morriston Hospital wrote: “Our tears are falling and our hearts broken. We lost a beloved member of our AMAU family. Rest easy my darling, your halo is shining bright. You shall be missed.”
Gerallt Davies, Paramedic
Gerallt Davies, MBE, died in April after testing positive for coronavirus. A paramedic at Cwmbwrla Station in Swansea, Mr Davies’ death was described as a “devastating blow” by the Welsh Ambulance service.
Jason Killens, chief executive at the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, said: “Today, Monday 20 April 2020, the Welsh Ambulance Service lost its first colleague to Covid-19. Gerallt Davies MBE was a paramedic at Cwmbwrla Station in Swansea and his passing is a devastating blow for us all.
“Gerallt, who joined the service in 1994, was not just a valued member of our team but of St John Cymru Wales, where he was national operations officer, a role for which he was awarded an MBE in 2019 for his services to first aid provision in Wales.
“Gerallt’s loss will be sorely felt by everyone here at Team WAST, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to his family.
Dominga David, Nurse
Dominga David started working for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in 2004 when she came to the UK from the Philippines to begin her nursing adaptation programme.
In a statement, the health board said: “It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of our colleague Dominga David.
“She will be remembered as an exceptionally hard worker and a respectful, kind and compassionate person.”
Allan Macalalad, Theatre assistant
Allan Macalalad, who was a father and carpenter by trade, died on May 26 at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. He was described as a “perfect gentleman, sociable, hardworking and a loyal team player”.
He had worked in the ophthalmology theatres for more than two years, and his team were said to be “shocked and saddened” to hear the news of his death.
His wife Elsie worked as a nurse at a neighbouring health board.
In a statement, Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board said: “It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of our colleague, Allan Macalalad.
“Our thoughts are with his colleagues, friends and family.
“His wife, Elsie has asked us to convey how wonderful and loving a husband, father and son he was. We will miss him greatly.”
Rizal Manalo, who worked on Ward 5 at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Denbighshire, died on June 14 after being treated at the hospital’s critical care unit for the previous few weeks.
The 51-year-old, fondly known as Zaldy to his friends and colleagues, had worked at Glan Clwyd and Abergele Hospital since 2001 when he was recruited from the Phillippines to work in North Wales.
A spokesman for Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board said he was “well respected and loved by all his patients and colleagues”.
His wife Agnes said: “Zaldy is a hard-working person who loved his job dearly. He’s a good husband and a loving father to his children. He protected and cared for us.”
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