Covid-hit soldier mother-of-two, 43, dies from blood clot in hospital just 18 months after virus killed her sister, 45
Angellina Chafulumira Francis is said to have died from a blood clot on October 27 after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19
A soldier with coronavirus died from a blood clot in hospital – just 18 months after her sister’s tragic death from the virus.
Former British Army soldier Angellina Chafulumira Francis, 43, passed away on October 27 after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19, her family revealed.
Ms Francis, who lived in Dishforth, North Yorkshire with her husband and two children, came to the UK from Malawi as a student before joining the army.
Her tragic death comes just 18 months after her sister Elsie Sazuze, a nurse who worked at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, died after contracting coronavirus.
Mrs Sazuze’s heartbroken husband Kenneth Sazuze, a Malawian DJ training to be a nurse, said that his wife, who passed away aged 45, knew the risks of working on the frontline against Covid – but wanted to help others.
Heartbreaking tributes poured in last year for the ‘dedicated’ nurse who ‘died a hero’.
Now friends have also paid their respects to her ‘warm and friendly’ sister, mother-of-two Ms Francis, who loved her life in Britain and looking after her son, 9 and daughter, 11.
Her friend William Fungatira said: ‘We were childhood friends, we grew up together in the same neighbourhood back home.
Pictured: Angellina Chafulumira Francis (left) and her sister Elsie Chafulumira Sazuze
Her tragic death comes just 18 months after her sister Elsie Sazuze, pictured with husband Kenneth, died after contracting coronavirus
‘She was very warm, very friendly, very charming. Last time I met her was at a wedding two years ago and we had a chat and talked about our memories.
‘She was very kind and someone great to be around.’
Ms Francis had moved frequently and lived in Germany and Canada before returning to the UK six months ago.
‘She loved her kids and taking care of them, she was very family oriented,’ said Mr Fungatira, 43, who lives in Birmingham.
Angellina Chafulumira Francis is pictured when she graduated from university
‘We will definitely miss her. Whenever she was around, she’d always have a smile and laugh.’
Mr Fungatira has now set up a fundraising page to raise money to return Ms Francis’ body to Malawi and give her family the chance to mourn their painful loss.
Writing on Gofundme, he said: ‘Just last year, we buried Angellina’s sister, Elsie Chafulumira Sazuze, a practising nurse here in the UK, who succumbed to Covid-19.
‘Needless to say, the pain of this loss to the family is unimaginably heart-wrenching – two young children now have to grow up without a mother; Angellina’s mother, still mourning the death of a daughter less than 20 months ago now loses another daughter. The passing of Angellina is truly tragic to the family.’
More than £11,000 have been raised so far and Mr Fungatira has thanked people for their generosity.
‘I’d like to thank people for their support and donations, it’s been tremendous and it will go a long way,’ he said.