A woman struggling with the death of a family member and separated from her own parents has been found dead by her five-year – old son.
Katie Simms, 32, was found dead at their home, by her only child, five-year – old son Archie, local news outlet Northants Live says.
For a number of years after their older brother Barry Gunn died in 2015, Katie ‘s brother David Simms told the publication she had been “struggling”.
David said her isolation had been compounded by the COVID lockdown and the failure to see her parents.
‘Shut herself away’
“Since my brother passed, she shut herself away and she ended up getting a bit of a phobia of not really going outside.
“And I think COVID-19 broke her, to be honest.”
As part of the Royal Anglian Regiment, Barry Gunn served in Sierra Leone.
“Back in 2015 my brother, who served in the Royal Anglians, suffered from PTSD after he returned from Sierra Leone,” said David, who is also in the army.
“What he saw out there really scarred him and he couldn’t cope with his demons.
“He was quite troubled with that; he tried to take his own life by taking an overdose, he then passed away in hospital a few months later, he’d been put on a ventilator.
“[Katie] took that quite bad; he was only 40 at the time.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the funeral costs, with any extra money raised to support little Archie as he grows up.
“Due to COVID, the funeral will be small and … there won’t be a wake due to the new rules,” David wrote in the GoFundMe statement.
“But when these dark times pass, we will get together and celebrate her life.”
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