Volunteer dies of COVID-19 as daughter races opposite Canada to be nearby her

Last week, Pam Smith set out on a competition opposite time pushing from B.C. to Ontario, anticipating to be circuitously her mom as she took her final breaths.

She didn’t make it. Jean Pollock, a visit caller and proffer during a Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., that is now a centre of a COVID-19 outbreak, died at Ross Memorial Hospital in circuitously Lindsay on Saturday morning. She had usually incited 82.

Pollock’s coronavirus diagnosis and fast decrease is emblematic of a surpassing impact this pestilence is carrying on families opposite a world.

“We all have stories of a mothers, and we couldn’t fit my mother’s life or her impact on me into a brief interview,” Smith pronounced on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning Tuesday. “But sufficient to say, she was a unequivocally extraordinary woman.

“She was my person, and she’d always been that, given I’d never famous my life though her.”

Smith and her partner left Vancouver on Monday during 3 a.m., not prolonged after anticipating out Pollock had tested certain for COVID-19. Pollock’s 91-year-old husband, Ted, lives during Pinecrest, and so she was there daily.

While on a road, Smith says she called a sanatorium each dual hours, unfortunate for updates — but also concerned before each call, not meaningful what news would come. Time was not on her side, as a roughly 4,300-kilometre trek takes days. 

Even if they had made it, Smith wouldn’t have been means to indeed see her mom in person, as visitors are now limited in many Ontario hospitals.

“I usually suspicion if we done it behind in time, usually so she knew we was here, it competence have done her feel reduction worried,” Smith said.

One final ‘I adore you’

Pollock had ongoing opposed pulmonary illness (COPD) and was on oxygen, so Smith was usually means to speak to her once on a phone before leaving.

“She was flattering afraid, and she was unequivocally struggling,” Smith said.

“She said, ‘I’m going downhill quick.’ So we told her that we loved her.”

LISTEN: Pam Smith talks about losing her mother

When Smith called a sanatorium on Friday, her mom was non-responsive. She says staff hold a phone to her mother’s ear and said she non-stop her eyes.

That night, Smith was told, Pollock kept pulling her oxygen facade off as if she didn’t wish it anymore.

“We knew it wouldn’t be long,” Smith said.

Several residents of a Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., have died after constrictive COVID-19. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Then Smith called on Saturday morning.

“When a helper came on a line she said, ‘I was usually with your mom and … we was with her when she took her final breath.'”

Pollock died at 8:05 a.m.

‘She was a dynamo’

Smith had a lot of time to consider while on a road, and says she saw a whole nation by her mother’s eyes as a array of paintings.

From childhood on, she remembered her mom portrayal all a time. Her easel went everywhere with their family during summers in Bobcaygeon. That’s where Pollock eventually non-stop adult an antique emporium when she retired, and also did floral arrangements.

Beauty was inherited to Pollock, her daughter said.

“She was a dynamo, that’s for sure.”

Pollock was from Toronto, though had been vital in Bobcaygeon given she was in her 50s, her daughter says. (Submitted by Pam Smith)

Pollock’s father Ted is now in siege during Pinecrest, where there have been 12 deaths related to a novel coronavirus so far. Twenty-four staff members have also tested positive, and exam formula for 10 other staff members are pending, according to a Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

“He’s doing a best as he can be doing. we can’t suppose this is easy for him during all,” Smith said.

Though there have been lots of tears in new days, Smith has also been heaping regard on sanatorium staff, who ensured her mom wasn’t alone when she died.

“I’m surrounded by a many extraordinary village and family,” she said.

“I feel really unhappy … though I’m also feeling super loved.”

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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