Cancer survivor dies of Covid after playing cards with pal who hid infection

An elderly cancer survivor has been killed by Covid passed onto her by a pal who knew she had it, her family claims.

Barb Bartolovich, 82, died on December 21 after playing a game of cards with someone who, it is alleged, intentionally hid their infection.

Despite being vaccinated against the deadly virus, Ms Bartolovich from Ohio, US, remained vulnerable following her recovery from blood cancer which left her with a weakened immune system.

As a result Ms Bartolovich, her friends and family took extra care to avoid exposing her to the Covid-19 until a game of cards which she asked everyone beforehand if they had been vaccinated.

But according to WXYZ, her family allege that one of the pals hid from her that they had Covid and it only emerged later.

“Somebody decided that testing positive for COVID is something they can hide,” Bartolovich’s granddaughter Lauren Nash told WXYZ.

“The only way we found out is that the person owned up after Nana got sick.”

Tragically Ms Bartolovich caught the virus and was put on a ventilator in Mercy Health St Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman, Ohio, before she reportedly died on December 21.

She left behind her four children and 10 grandchildren, the Mirror reports.

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“She was just everything to everyone. As everyone says, if you knew Barb, you were loved. She was taken too soon,” said Lauren Nash, who wants to spread the message about the importance of Covid restrictions.

“It is not worth it. It is not worth knowing you hurt someone, potentially hurt someone, or killed someone because you want to go out and have fun."

She added: “I am just horrified at where we are and what is going on, that we are not taking into account people’s lives."

Bartolovich, who lost her husband, Frank “Moose” Bartolovich, in 2014, “cherished her role as a wife, mother and grandmother,” reported WKBN.

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It stated in an obituary: “A little firecracker, Barbara was always raring to go for family gatherings, vacations and impromptu outings.

She was their support system throughout life and she taught them many lessons.

“Barbara’s motto was, ‘There is nothing so bad in life that can’t be fixed,’ “She was considered cool and fun to her grandchildren and they described her as ‘to know her was to love her and to be loved by her was the most special feeling in the world.

"She made every one of us feel special in her own Nana way.".

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