TRIBUTES have been paid to a “superhero” mum who died of Covid just days after giving birth.
Mother-of-four Samantha Willis, 35, passed away on Friday in hospital following the birth of baby Eviegrace.
The mum had contracted Covid-19 while pregnant – battling the virus for 16 days before her death.
Samantha’s husband Josh has taken to social media to pay a heartbreaking tribute to the “love of his life”.
Josh wrote: “Today has been the worst day of my life. I have lost the love of my life Samantha to Covid-19.
“Samantha had put up a strong fight for the last 16 days but in the end just wasn’t enough.
“Myself, her mother and two eldest children were by her side. She was in no pain and was comfortable when she slipped away.
“Whilst in hospital she also had to deliver our newest addition to the family who she has never met properly or held in her arms.
“I will make sure that Eviegrace will know all about the mother she will never meet.
“I will never let anyone forget you and I will remember all the special times and experiences we shared together.”
He continued: “I’m sure she’s already looking down and proud of how we are coping.
“We are also proud of her, she was a wonderful, loving and caring person and she has been our super hero the last few weeks.
Josh added: “She is now our guardian angel and she will remain in our hearts and thoughts for ever more.
“We love you loads and miss you. We wish we could only have helped you get home to live the rest of your life with us.
“I will never stop loving you and we will do our best to make you proud until we see you again. Sleep tight my Queen. Love you.”
Josh also thanked the staff at Altnagelvin Hospital, where Samantha was treated, and said: “You are all truly wonderful people and I will never forget what you have done for Samantha and our family.”
Samantha leaves behind her husband Josh, her four children Shéa, Holly, Lilyanna and Eviegrace, her parents and extended family.
‘TAKEN TOO SOON’
As news spread of the mother’s tragic death, thousands more condolences and tributes were paid online.
One said: “There are no words that can express the profound sadness of this.”
Another said: “So so sad, absolutely heartbreaking and devastating for all the family. A beautiful lady taken too soon, RIP. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
A third added: “This has made my heart stop for a second. Sending every single person love.”
Samantha’s funeral will take place on Monday in Derry, Northern Ireland.