‘Swine flu vaccine should be available for everybody’

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

THE wife of a 37-year-old man who died of swine flu is calling for everybody to be allowed the vaccine.

Just 10 days after marrying the love of his life, Martin Clorley, of Coedpoeth, fell ill with flu symptoms and died in hospital on Boxing Day.

It was later confirmed that Mr Clorley had died due to pneumococcal septicemia and the H1N1 swine flu virus.

His widow, Nicola Clorley, 39, says the vaccine against H1N1 should be available for everybody.

At the moment the vaccine is only free to those in high risk groups but is available to buy privately.

She said: “I think everybody should be given the chance to have it.

“Even paying for the vaccine is better than paying for the funeral.”

Mr Clorley left two young children – Imogen, four, Ella, 16 months and stepdaughter Darryl, 18.

Mrs Clorley, who works at a chemist’s shop in Coedpoeth, added: “Imogen has been asking ‘where’s daddy?’ What do you say?

“I have been saying he’s a star in the sky.

“I’ve been talking about him all the time to the kids.”

Mr Clorley worked as a traffic management engineer in Rhos and the family has been inundated with messages of condolence.

The couple had been together for 12 years and were married on December 16 and then two days later Mr Clorley fell ill with flu symptoms.

On Christmas Eve Mrs Clorley phoned the local GP who said her husband had the flu and to rest.

She also phoned an out-of-hours medical service on Christmas Day and was given the same advice.

By Boxing Day morning Mr Clorley was rushed to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital where he was put in intensive care to help him breathe.

He died later that day.

Mrs Clorley said: “We couldn’t believe what happened, I thought he would go to hospital and be sorted.

“We were all screaming at him to stay with us.

“The last week feels like a nightmare.

“Martin was healthy and had only gone to the doctors a couple of times in his life.”

An inquest will not be held into the death as Mr Clorley died of natural causes.

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