Two sisters died of brain haemorrhages within 24 hours of each other while they were in different countries.
The siblings were separated by hundreds of miles when they suffered strokes, with Jacqueline Williams falling ill first in Germany.
Amanda Williams, 54, collapsed as she was readying herself to travel from Leicestershire to be at her sick sister’s bedside.
Their mother Jean Carvell, nee Williams, said she felt like she had been “hit by a sledgehammer” when she was told she had lost not one but two daughters within a matter of hours.
The 80-year-old, from Loughborough, said there was a phone call from Jacqueline’s daughter, Charlene, in Ingolstadt, on Thursday, September 5, telling her the 57-year-old was in a critical condition in hospital.
“We were told it was a bleed on the brain and that it wasn’t looking good,” said Jean.