A Melbourne father remembered as a ‘kind-hearted man’ posted a harrowing assessment of his illness just days before he died of coronavirus.
A Melbourne father who died of coronavirus posted a harrowing message to his friends about its effects just days before he succumbed to the illness.
Martin “Marty” Blight, 46, died in hospital on Monday after catching the virus when his workplace became an exposure site.
Tributes have flowed for the “kind-hearted man” and keen fisherman in the days since his death.
But just how much impact the virus had on him was explained in a series of haunting posts to his followers on Facebook.
“Covid sux (sic) guys look after yourselves plz (sic) do whatever you can to self distance, that’s the one thing I would say works,” he said on September 9.
Several friends wished him well and urged him to stay strong, but he died four days later.
He also urged people to get vaccinated after booking in his own Pfizer appointment for September.
But Mr Blight never made it to get the jab as he died two days before his appointment.
Premier Daniel Andrews extended his deepest sympathies to Mr Blight’s family and friends when asked on Wednesday whether the slow vaccine rollout had let Mr Blight down before using it as an opportunity to justify the state’s sixth lockdown.
“If we opened up tonight as some are urging us to do, with less than 50 per cent of people double-vaxxed, then there will be hundreds and hundreds of tragedies just like his,” Mr Andrews said.
“The national plan is 70 per cent. We’re not at 70 per cent.
“We need to be faithful to that national plan, and opening up against advice as early as tonight, that will just mean more and more people in their 40s and their 30s and indeed younger will finish up in hospital gravely ill.”
The Australian Services Union, of which Mr Blight was a member, said his family and the union wanted to encourage everyone to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to help prevent further tragedies like theirs.
“The union has been speaking with Marty’s family directly, and both the ASU and Marty’s family would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that no one else has to go through the trauma of losing someone to Covid-19,” they said in a statement.
Mr Blight was a long-term employee of Serco in Mill Park, which was listed as a tier 1 exposure site.
Friends and colleagues have remembered him as a greatly respected and inspirational person who was “one in a million”.
Originally published as Melbourne Covid victim posts haunting final message days before death