One of Britain’s oldest identical twins died of COVID-19 complications earlier this month, just days after both she and her sister tested positive for the virus.
Doris Hobday and her sister, Lilian Hobday, were rushed to a hospital in early January after coming down with the deadly illness, where they were placed on ventilators and given a mixture of drugs, according to a report from the BBC.
Doris died Jan. 5 at the age of 96, while Lilian was discharged Monday.
“Lil has fought so hard and I’m pleased to inform everyone that she was discharged from hospital on Monday, she was only told then of Doris’s death once she was strong enough to take the news,” the family wrote in a Facebook post.
“She is now being comforted by family and staying with her daughter Vivien while she fully regains her strength.”
Hobday’s family added that they were “totally heartbroken to lose Doris in this way.”
The so-called “Tipton Twins” did everything together, from working in the same ale factory to living side by side on the same street after they were married. The twins were also known for their wit.
In an interview with ITV’s “Good Morning,” both sisters credited “no sex and plenty of Guinness” as the secret to their longevity.
The Guardian reports that just a few days after Doris’ death, both sisters received a letter explaining that they were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The family is now asking everyone who is eligible to get the shot.
“Doris was only a few weeks away from being safe! With her vaccine letter arriving two days after her death … if you are offered the vaccine please take it, do not refuse it … Doris didn’t get this choice!”