Tributes have been paid to a student who “touched a lot of people’s lives” before she died.
Isabel McEgan, 19, died with her mum and dad at her side on May 10 after being diagnosed with an incurable cancer called Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma.
Her tragic death came just days before the government reportedly broke their own restrictions to have a party in the garden of Downing Street.
Isabel’s mum has called the government “shameful” in response to the reports of parties being held in Downing Street, while her daughter was “isolated” in the final weeks of her life.
After hearing the news of Isabel’s death, ECHO readers took to Facebook to pay tribute to the 19-year-old and share their views on the government reportedly ignoring its own lockdown restrictions.
Shirley Joan said: “So sorry for your loss. I am beyond disgusted with the government in the wake of the parties they had whilst you were going through so much heartache xx.”
Cathy Mayes said: “So very sad for Isabel and the family. What a wonderful young lady x.”
Anne Whelan said: “So sad thinking of our Paul, Amanda and all the family xxx”
Rossiter Suzyanne said: “I’m so sorry for your loss, this absolutely heartbreaking.
“A petition needs to be started to get Boris out in the wake of his ‘parties’ and justice for all of the people who stuck by the rules yet still suffered or lost someone at this time!”
Rebekah Wilson said: “So sad! Sleep tight beautiful Isabel.”
Hayley Webb said: “So sad hearing this my heart goes out to you all. Our government are a total disgrace, two faced corrupt hypocrites – makes me sick.”
Isabel, a philosophy student at the University of Liverpool, was diagnosed with an incurable cancer after a tumour was found in her mouth while she was at Camp America.
Upon returning home, stage four, secondary tumours were found in Isabel’s liver, adrenal glands, jaw, spine and pelvis.
Isabel was being treated in Aintree Hospital but during the first lockdown one of her consultants tested positive for Covid-19.
To keep her safe, the decision was made to bring Isabel home where Amanda and dad Paul trained themselves to administer her treatment.
But due to only having appointments with the consultant over the phone, no one realised how quickly Isabel was deteriorating.
Isabel died at home away from family and friends, apart from her mum and dad, a week before her 20th birthday.
Ms McEgan told the ECHO Isabel was “very, very isolated for those last eight weeks.”
Ms McEgan said due to the covid restrictions in place they were only allowed 16 mourners and had to conduct Isabel’s funeral at Walton Lea crematorium in Warrington.
She added this meant they had to choose who would attend Isabel’s funeral and many of her friends and family couldn’t attend.
A recent ITV investigation brought to light an email from May 20, 2020, from Boris Johnson’s Private Secretary inviting over a hundred employees to Downing Street.
The email said it “would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.”
At the time, the rest of the country was banned from meeting more than one other person outdoors.
It is understood that around 40 people – including the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie – attended the party.
Ms McEgan told the ECHO she was “appalled and disgusted” at the government for breaking their own restrictions while Isabel died isolated from loved ones.
She said: “Despite the fact it brought heartbreak we did the right thing – Isabel was one of those people who always did the right thing.
“I think the values and morals she had as a 19-year-old were far beyond our own government who just disregard the rules they expect us to live by.
“It’s disgraceful – they should be ashamed of themselves.
“Imagine having to choose people to come to a funeral from someone whose life was so full.
“The lack of regard for what other people were going through – it’s appalling.”
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