An 87-year-old great-grandmother has been left fighting for her life after a fall at a scandal-hit care home, it can be revealed.
Iris Hull is unable to walk or talk as a result of a bleed on her brain following an accident at Clifton Nursing Home, which happened on the same day she was diagnosed with Covid-19.
It is now one month since Mrs Hull, who saved lives during the Troubles when she carried a bomb out of a shop before it exploded, fell at the Belfast home.
Her four children are still waiting to find out how she was so seriously injured.
In a further devastating blow, it appears she never received any of the personal belongings they left for her after she moved into the home at the beginning of April.
It comes after staff handed back two bags full of cards, gifts, pyjamas, underwear and an Easter egg unopened and in their original wrappings.
"We love our mum, she has been the most wonderful mother ever," said her daughter Shirell Hull.
"We still need her, we aren't ready to let her go, especially not this way. We're very angry, as a family we are extremely angry and we're also very distressed."
The nightmare being endured by the family is the latest horrifying story to emerge from Clifton Nursing Home, where nine residents have died with Covid-19, while a nurse who was working there is also critically ill with the virus.
Inspectors were so concerned about the way the home was being managed that the Belfast Trust made the unprecedented decision to relocate residents earlier this month.
A new provider has subsequently stepped in to take over management of the facility from disgraced care home firm Runwood Homes.
Mrs Hull moved to Clifton Nursing Home on April 6 as she recovered from an infection and a broken wrist.
The home was in lockdown at the time, so her relatives were unable to visit her to help her settle in.
Shirell continued: "Obviously mum was very upset with the move, she settled down that night but the next day she was really upset and distressed.
"I called and they put mum on the phone and she was crying and looking for her own parents, who died in the 1960s.
"My brother took up two big bags to the home on April 10 with stuff for her, we sent her wee cards telling her how much we loved her, we made a photo album with pictures of all the family.
"We sent stuff we thought would be a comfort to her - there was a wee dementia toy, an Easter egg, some treats we know she would enjoy eating, pyjamas and underwear so she would have clean clothes."
But these were returned to the family unopened.
The family was subsequently informed there were cases of Covid-19 in the home but they were reassured that the virus was not present in the unit where their mum was living.
However, Mrs Hull's sister rang the home for an update on April 30 and was informed that she had tested positive for Covid-19.
"Later that day my brother received a call to say mum had fallen and was being taken to hospital as she had hit her head," added Shirell.
"That was all they said - my brother could hear my mum in distress in the background.
"At the time we were just worried about whether mum was going to survive so we didn't ask any more questions about what happened."
Iris was originally taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but she is now in Musgrave Park Hospital due to her severe head injury.
"She is completely bed-bound," said Shirell.
"My brother was able to go in and visit her; she couldn't speak but she had a tear rolling down her cheek.
"She isn't eating or drinking, she is down to 35kg, she is extremely frail, they're concentrating on her brain injury for now, although she has pneumonia as well. The doctor has said if they can't get her to take more fluids it's going to be a steady decline.
"We're just desperate for her to test negative for Covid, and if she does we're going to beg to be allowed in to see her and try and convince her to eat and drink something.
"It's horrendous, we don't know what happened to her, but we want answers, we want to know how she fell and why she never got the stuff we left in for her.
"My brother went to pick up her belongings and none of what we had left her had been opened.
"I know the staff have a lot on their plate, I applaud the NHS for everything they're doing, but to not even give the cards to mum - we can't believe life can be so cruel. Mum was such a strong woman, she was stronger than you and I put together and she was such a beautiful person.
She used to cry to me on the phone, telling me she was cold and I would ask them to put her dressing gown on her
"The weeks before she fell she was in unfamiliar surroundings with people she didn't know and she didn't have any of her personal stuff.
"Now to see her lying there, so close to death, it's horrendous and it makes you question what kind of care she received in the home.
"She used to cry to me on the phone, telling me she was cold and I would ask them to put her dressing gown on her."
Mrs Hull, from south Belfast, was hailed a hero after two incredible acts of bravery in her younger years.
In the first she ran into a burning building in Roden Street to extinguish a fire after the homeowner collapsed in hysterics.
In the second she carried a bomb out of a shop in Barton Street and threw it away before it exploded, saving lives in the process.
Shirell continued: "We're not sleeping at all, we don't know how mum could have been so badly injured that it might take her life."
A spokeswoman from Runwood Homes said: "We are unable to comment on individual residents, though we can provide assurances that their care always remains our utmost priority, and we would certainly welcome dialogue with the family to allay any concerns."
The Belfast Trust did not provide a comment.