An Australia man has been forced to say his last farewell via a video link after contracting coronavirus on a trip to the United States.Graham Findlay
An Australia man has been forced to say his last farewell via a video link after contracting coronavirus on a trip to the United States.
Graham Findlay spent his final moments with his wife and three children on FaceTime while in isolation at a Melbourne Hospital.
He was among about 20 Australians who are believed to have been infected with COVID-19 at the luxury ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado, in early March.
Doctors tried desperately to treat Mr Findlay with anti-viral malarial drugs in a last-ditch effort to save his life.
But Mr Findlay’s condition worsened and he died at Frankston Hospital in Melbourne on Thursday.
Graham Findlay (right) and his wife Gabby (left) both contracted coronavirus on a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, in the United States
Both Mr Findlay and his wife Gabby tested positive for the virus when they returned home weeks after returning from their skiing holiday.
Mr Findlay was soon hospitalised suffering from a high temperature and severe cough.
Although Mr Findlay was a popular figure in the community and a member of the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club, a large funeral service is not possible due to the COVID-19 crisis.
‘Vale Graham Findlay ‘Vice Commodore’ Western Port Bay Marina. Graham passed away last night in Frankston Hospital from coronavirus. Our thoughts are with Gabby, family and friends,’ the yacht club posted on their Facebook page.
Graham Findlay was in isolation due to coronavirus and spent his final moments with his wife and three children on FaceTime
Coronavirus swept through Melbourne’s rich suburbs after a group of skiers returned from Colorado
‘There will be no service due to the current situation however, in time there may be a memorial service for Graham.
‘At 6pm this evening raise a glass to Graham. God Bless.’
With a total of 1135 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria to date and eight deaths, a large number of those infections have been linked to what has become known as the ‘Colorado cluster’.
Dozens who came in contact with members of the group are believed to have been infected while attending exclusive school cocktail parties in Toorak and Armadale.
It’s understood Gabby is now out of isolation.
Aspen in Colorado is a ski resort for the rich and famous. It has also been linked to the spread of the coronavirus