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Christmas will never be the same without them: Belfast woman's heartache at losing parents to Covid within hours

Daughter who lost both parents to Covid opens up about her heartache

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Belfast pensioners Arty and Isobel Vallely died within 12 hours of each other in the Mater Hospital after contracting Covid-19

Belfast pensioners Arty and Isobel Vallely died within 12 hours of each other in the Mater Hospital after contracting Covid-19

Belfast pensioners Arty and Isobel Vallely died within 12 hours of each other in the Mater Hospital after contracting Covid-19

Last Christmas Fiona Vallely was thinking that things could not get any worse.

Her beloved dad Christopher, better known as Arty, was in hospital while her mum Isobel and the rest of the family were praying for the west Belfast man to make a full recovery.

Little did they know that, compared with this horrendous year, 2019 was virtually as good as it gets.


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