When she woke up from a month-long coma, coronavirus survivor Katherine Oscislawski was oblivious to the horror that had just unfolded back at home.
Her family, who had just been celebrating the news Katherine was conscious, were rushing their beloved dog Benji to our Victoria animal hospital in central London after he was hit by a car.
The shih tzu cross Yorkshire terrier had bolted out of the front door and straight into the road just five minutes after doctors called with the update from hospital.
The driver didn’t stop and Benji, who turned one that same day – which was also Easter Sunday – was left lying in the road, lifeless.
Katherine’s daughter Savannah, who had moved back home to help her dad care for her three younger brothers, 17, 14 and three, said: “It was one thing on top of another. Literally, mum’s woken up, and then five minutes later this happened.
“Our other dog Zippy had seen and heard it – they sit in the window together. He was whimpering and crying and shaking. You don’t think they would feel anything, but he was very, very sad.