Care worker, 53, who starred in viral TikTok dance with 102-year-old resident is found dead at home amid fears she had Covid-19
- Jeanette McKenna, 53, had worked at the same care home for the last ten years
- She went viral after a TikTok video of her dancing with a care home resident
- The 53-year-old worked at Whitecraigs care home, in Thornliebank, Barrhead
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
A care worker who starred in a viral TikTok dance video with a 102-year-old resident a few weeks ago was found dead at home amid fears she had coronavirus.
Jeanette McKenna had worked at the same care home for the last ten years and was described as ‘popular’ and ‘selfless’ by her colleagues.
She became an internet sensation when a TikTok video of her dancing with 102-year-old care home resident Percy Mann went viral.
The 53-year-old had worked at Whitecraigs care home, in Thornliebank, Barrhead, for ten years.
Jeanette McKenna, pictured right, became an internet sensation when a TikTok video of her dancing with 102-year-old care home resident Percy Mann went viral
But she was found dead at home on May 7, after police were alerted.
The housing association property was deep cleaned yesterday and neighbours were told to seek medical help in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Shocked neighbour James Armstrong, 71, said: ‘She was lovely.
‘We spoke to each other all the time. It’s sad to lose her.’
A spokesman for Whitecraigs care home said: ‘We are deeply shocked and saddened at this tragic news.
‘Jeanette was a hugely popular carer, colleague and friend for the past ten years.
‘She was absolutely selfless and gave love and support to all residents and families within her care.
‘She will be greatly missed by everyone at Whitecraigs.
Jeanette McKenna had worked at the same care home for the last ten years and was described as ‘popular’ and ‘selfless’ by her colleagues. Pictured: In the viral TikTok video
‘Our heartfelt condolences are with her family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.’
Barrhead Housing Association (BHA) confirmed a deep clean was due to take place yesterday..
Shirley Robison, BHA chief executive, said: ‘The situation at this address is absolutely tragic and we would always encourage all our tenants and residents to seek medical help if unwell.
‘Phoning NHS 111 is recommended by the Scottish Government and NHS services since the coronavirus started.
‘We would like to offer our condolences to the family.
‘We will follow all health and safety guidance to deal with the property clearance and to reassure neighbouring residents that this will be a co-ordinated approach using a range of contractors, including our close cleaning contractor.’
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: ‘Officers attended at an address in George Street at around 7.20pm on Thursday following a call from a member of the public.
‘On arrival, officers found the body of a 53-year-old woman within the property.
‘The death is being treated as unexplained but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.
‘A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.’
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