'The last time I saw her was when she was being put into the ambulance'

Husband unable to say farewell to wife of 51 years

Anne and Tom Best on their wedding day: “It is unimaginable, I don’t think we have ever faced anything like this in our time, in my 77 years anyhow,” says Tom. Photograph: John McVitty

Anne and Tom Best on their wedding day: “It is unimaginable, I don’t think we have ever faced anything like this in our time, in my 77 years anyhow,” says Tom. Photograph: John McVitty

Retired Fermanagh civil servant Tom Best last saw his wife of 51 years alive when she was being placed in an ambulance and driven away from the couple’s Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, home last Wednesday afternoon.

Seventy-two-year-old Anne began to complain of severe pains last Monday. Given the arrival of Covid-19, and her underlying medical conditions, the couple’s doctor, Michelle McBrien quickly called an ambulance.

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