John Langford

On this episode of Stolen Goodbyes, Karen speaks to Georgina Forsythe from Warwickshire who lost her fireman father John to Covid 19 on May 7 2020.

John caught the virus while on a cruise to South America with his wife Linda where they were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The couple went ahead with the trip at the beginning of March after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised that it was safe to do so.

A cruel and inhumane set of circumstances ensued which saw Linda forced to leave her sick husband behind in a hospital in Miami while she caught a last flight back to the UK.

John later died from the virus more than 4,000 miles from home. He was 63.

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Welcome to the award-winning Stolen Goodbyes with Karen Rice, foreign affairs journalist and podcaster. 

Each week inspiring wives, husbands, partners, children and newly-weds intimately recount the shock and anguish of death to Covid 19 without warning or goodbye.

Forced to grieve in isolation, these people detail needless mistakes and decisions that cost lives including patients being placed on Covid hospital wards when they were Covid free or others condemned to an early death by the secret use of Do Not Resuscitate forms. Some were left to die alone, the ultimate social taboo. 

This global podcast is a social history record of the wide-spread suffering caused by the Corona virus pandemic of 2020, an infection that changed the world as we know it. 

The participants of this podcast have bared their souls in a bid to stop their loved ones from being written off as just another statistic when they were much-loved individuals whose premature deaths could help to save others from the same fate while holding those responsible to account. The podcast has helped participants and listeners alike in their grieving process.

Created, produced and hosted by Karen Rice, the Stolen Goodbyes podcast won gold in the fiercely competitive Best Lockdown category of the British Podcast Award 2021.

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