An anti-vaxxer mom whose family said she was addicted to conspiracy theories has died after admitting not getting the shot was the biggest mistake of her life.
Now the heartbroken family of 24-year-old Abby Gibbs, who died after a nearly three-week battle in intensive care, is now urging people to get their Covid vaccine.
Abby’s mother, Lynne Gibbs, and brother, Lewis Gibbs, described how the mother of three, from Brandon, County Durham, left a mark on everyone she met.
Ms Gibbs, who described Abby as her “best friend,” said she was known by everyone for her humor and loyalty to her loved ones.
She said: ‘She had a beautiful smile, she was just so nice – it was her smile and generosity and humor that touched everyone.
The family of 24-year-old Abby Gibbs (pictured) who said not getting the Covid shot was the ‘worst mistake of her life’ died after a nearly three-week battle in intensive care
“She would make us laugh to the point of crying, she was really funny – and was proud of her kids.
“She was my best friend, I could count on her for everything and she would support her family through thick and thin.”
Abby, a former hairdresser apprentice, was mother to Makayla, six, Harrison, five, and Fallyn, who turns three Monday.
Mrs Gibbs said: ‘She just wanted to be a mother, even from a very young age pushing prams with babies in them that looked like.
“All she ever talked about was her kids, she was so proud of her kids.
“She had even ordered clothes for one of her friend’s children who was not yet born.
“At Christmas she even went online and went on this website to help parents without much money, and she bought toys and sent them to the kids.
“It just shows how much she loved her children, and everyone else’s children.”
Abby was admitted to the intensive care unit at North Durham University Hospital, where she battled the virus for 17 days after falling seriously ill with Covid early last month. She died on September 22.
Mrs. Gibbs said: ‘Abby was supposed to go the same day as me to get her vaccine, but she was so addicted to conspiracy theories that she decided not to go.
“The first day she was admitted, she said ‘Mom, I wish I had gotten the vaccine – this is the worst mistake I’ve ever made’.”
Gibbs was only able to communicate with her children and family via FaceTime and said that Abby continued to care for her family as long as possible, even as her situation worsened.
She said: ‘She was in intensive care and she ordered an entire store online, with clothes – she was arranging things for the kids.’
Explaining that her children were at the forefront of her mind, Mr Lewis added: ‘I was the last person she spoke to, and she said make sure you take care of the kids – make sure they have the best life can have that they can have.’
Abby died on Wednesday, September 22, at the same hospital she was admitted to.
Abby’s mother, Lynne Gibbs, and brother, Lewis Gibbs, described how the mother of three, from Brandon, County Durham, left a mark on everyone she met
But in a huge outpouring of support for her children and her family, more than 150 people from across the community gathered in Brandon last Sunday for a balloon ride in memory of Abby.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has since been set up by close friends, raising over £1,000 to date, to help support Abby’s children.
Mr Gibbs said: ‘We have just been so overwhelmed and impressed with the amount of support we have received from the community.
“This community in Brandon, it’s so close and it’s just so special – we’ve been inundated with messages, cards and flowers and we don’t know how to thank everyone enough.”
Mr Gibbs, who said the whole family had now gone for their vaccine in the wake of Abby’s death, said: ‘We just hope this will help raise awareness to help people move forward.
“When Abby died in Brandon, the number of people, you couldn’t get a walk-in appointment for a shot, they didn’t have any more.
“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, children should sit down and tell them their mother has gone to heaven.
“If Abby had been vaccinated, she’d still be here today.
“She will be missed by everyone.”