Dr Emily Andre has hit out at trolls who criticised the late Captain Tom Moore’s trip to Barbados, weeks before he died from coronavirus.
The 31-year-old doctor, who is married to pop singer Peter Andre, slammed those who hit out at Captain Tom after he had a “bucket list” trip to the Caribbean in December.
The celebrated fundraiser’s family have made clear he tested negative for coronavirus before and after his holiday in December and he only contracted the virus after a ten-day stay in hospital for pneumonia.
He sadly passed away last Tuesday, aged 100, but that didn’t stop twisted trolls posting unpleasant messages on Twitter about his trip.
Speaking in her OK! magazine column, Dr Emily said that the criticism was “absolutely terrible” with the NHS doctor, who has been on the frontline battle against Covid-19, saying that the holiday was “perfectly acceptable.”
Dr Emily wrote: “Some people have questioned whether or not he should have travelled to Barbados in December with his family, and some have even trolled his family over it.
“I think that is absolutely terrible, Captain Tom was the type of person to take every single opportunity, and this was no different.
“It was a bucket-list trip, you only live once and he travelled there when it was perfectly acceptable to do so.
“I think I’d do the same if British Airways offered me a trip to Barbados and I was 100.”
Emily went on to say that the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom “meant so much” to the NHS and that he is “greatly missed”.
Piers Morgan was one of the biggest names to hit out at trolls on social media, defending Captain Tom in a furious attack.
He said at the time: “If your first thought when hearing Captain Sir Tom Moore is in hospital, fighting coronavirus, aged 100, knowing how dangerous that situation is, if your first thought is to troll him and his family, on Twitter.
“A perfectly legal trip to Barbados, trip of a lifetime, to give him a break, he had been offered a free trip, we have no idea if it had anything to do with his subsequent illness.
“We are in February now, this was back in December, we don’t know that at all, but frankly that’s a matter for the family, they did nothing wrong.”
Captain Tom was admitted to hospital in Bedford on January 12 and was unable to have a vaccine jab against the deadly virus due to the treatment he was having.
His Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira issued a statement following his death, which read: “We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
“We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”
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