#TurksandCaicos, February 2, 2021 – Days ago, he was reportedly enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, playing dominoes… then, he was gone.
Gordon Smith, formerly of South Caicos is named as the ninth person to have died from the coronavirus. Identified by family and friends, Smith, said to be in his early 50s had what doctors describe as co-morbidities.
Severe pre-existing illnesses often prove a fatal combination with the COVID-19 contagion; in Gordon Smith’s case he was reportedly a dialysis patient and suffering diabetes.[SIC] “My Dadda, you gone dadda we had so many plans for this year. I was all you had,I was doing my best to make sure you was okay! Why didn’t you call me dada…” were some of the emotional comments posted on Facebook by Smith’s daughter, Nishanda Smith.
His death was reported by the TCI Hospitals on Saturday; “The middle-aged patient had known confirmed COVID-19 disease. While receiving treatment at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre the patient’s condition worsened, and the patient sadly died on Saturday, January 30th, 2021.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital and the Ministry of Health wish to extend our deepest condolences to the grieving family and friends on the unfortunate loss of their loved one.”
Smith’s passing was the third COVID death in 14 days for Turks and Caicos; the ninth death to Covid overall for the country.
Story updated February 4, 2021