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Dying of Covid, my 93-year-old artist father was given hours to live. Surely he couldn’t paint himself out of this one? | Nigel Featherstone

During his latest brush with death, Jack was determined to defy the odds and face another season, paintbrush in hand

On Tuesday 26 April I received a phone call I will never forget. “We have X-rayed your father’s lungs,” said the ICU doctor at Canberra hospital’s Covid ward. “I’m afraid the news is not good. He has 48 to 72 hours to live.”

A week earlier, my father, Jack Featherstone, who lived alone in a former schoolhouse in Braidwood, a small town in rural New South Wales halfway between Canberra and Batemans Bay, had been admitted to hospital. Within hours he’d tested positive for Covid-19. He had just celebrated his 93rd birthday.

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