An 87-year-old grandmother left critically ill after a fall at a scandal-hit care home has been sent home from hospital to die.
Iris Hull has been reunited with her family at her house in south Belfast, where she will receive palliative care for the combined effects of a devastating head injury and Covid-19.
In a further blow for her family, the Belfast Trust sent a bill for her room at Clifton Nursing Home for the month she spent fighting for her life in hospital.
However, the trust has since said that it is not going to pursue the bill after enquiries were made by the Belfast Telegraph.
"It's almost like you're sitting on the outside watching a terrible movie that you have no control over," said her daughter Shirell Hull.
"She has gone from a walking, talking, eating, drinking, lovely lady to this person on palliative care.
"It's incredible that she's still going, to be honest.
"We haven't known whether she was going to live or die, she is home now but she is very frail and she is sleeping quite a bit.
"She knows who we are, but she is on palliative care and we don't know how long we have her here for, that's just the sad fact."
Mrs Hull, who saved lives during the Troubles when she carried a bomb out of a shop before it exploded, moved to Clifton Nursing Home on April 6 as she recovered from an infection and a broken wrist.
On April 30 her sister was told she had been diagnosed with Covid-19, and when her son rang to get an update later that day he was told she had fallen.
She was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where doctors discovered she had suffered a catastrophic bleed on her brain.
Due to having Covid-19, Mrs Hull was transferred to the Mater Hospital, and then on to Musgrave Park Hospital for treatment for her brain injury.
However, she has been unable to walk since and her speech and swallow have been significantly affected, with her weight plummeting below 35kg.
Her daughter added: "We're obviously glad to have her home but we're taking each day as it comes.
"She isn't eating or drinking enough to get the nutrients she needs, she still has a bit of delirium so she is confused as well.
"She does recognise us and she gives a big smile and will ask for a hug, but then she drifts off again. It's heartbreaking, but every day with her is a bonus.
"Everyone was out on the street when she arrived in the ambulance and they were clapping as she was taken into the house.
"It's incredible that she's still here with everything that she has gone through and being separated from her family, but she is very strong in mind and heart.
"Getting her home was the best day we've had this year, we've been waiting and waiting and hoping it would happen, so to be able to kiss and hug her again has been amazing.
"We all love her so much, we love her more than life itself, and we're just hoping we can keep her for as long as possible."
While the family is delighted that they are now able to spend precious time with Mrs Hull, they are disappointed by the handling of the situation by the Belfast Trust and Runwood Homes, the company that owns Clifton Nursing Home.
Shirell added: "Belfast Trust has been on with us constantly looking for money to pay for mum's care.
"We discussed it with them numerous times and told them we would get the money together, but we just needed a bit of space.
"We asked them to give us a break, we were in the middle of all this and we didn't know if mum was going to die or live, we just needed a bit of time.
"They were billing us for May when mum was in hospital. I understand they were keeping her room for her, but we told them she was never going back there.
"Considering what has happened to mum and none of it is her fault, that we don't know how long we have left with her, we're furious they were asking us for this money.
"It's been never-ending, although they have been in touch to say they are waiving the bill for the time mum was in hospital."
Shirell also hit out at the fact the family has received no information from Runwood Homes over how her mum was so seriously injured.
And the controversial care provider has not explained why Mrs Hull did not receive any of the items her family left for her during lockdown.
They were left heartbroken after discovering all the clothing, food and family photographs they had left for Mrs Hull after she moved into the home were left unwrapped, before being handed back following her accident.
"We've heard nothing from them," said Shirell.
Mrs Hull 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 the fire after the owner 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.
The Belfast Trust has said it has initiated a serious adverse incident investigation into events at Clifton Nursing Home over the past few months.
A spokesman explained: "The trust identified and escalated issues of concern in February, which were reflected in the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority inspection report in March.
"Whilst some improvements were made, these were not sustained, which resulted in our subsequent intervention in May.
"We have initiated a level 3 serious adverse incident to independently review the timeline of events at Clifton Nursing Home and many of these questions will be considered as part of that process."
A spokeswoman from Runwood Homes said: "This resident is living with dementia and, sadly, has a history of falls when she lived in a care home prior to her current residence.
"The home has made all items provided available to the resident, has a log of the maintained communication with the family, and always encourages direct communication with all families to provide updates and reassurances."