Family of DJ, 57, brain damaged by Covid who featured in Kate Garraway’s documentary Finding Derek reveal heartbreak after his mother dies – and say she was one of the only people to get a reaction from him in 19 months

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  • British twins DJ Bobby and Steve Lavinier contracted Covid in March 2020
  • Appeared in Kate Garraway’s documentary about her husband Finding Dereki
  • Speaking on GMB, Bobby revealed that the mother died before Steve could recover.
  • She said she was incredibly able to move Steve once during the home visit

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The family of a DJ who spent 19 months in hospital with Long Covid when the virus left him with brain damage learned that his mother had passed away before he made a full recovery.

British twins DJ Bobby and 57-year-old Steve Lavinier, both contracted the coronavirus on 7 March 2020, and while Bobby was able to recover, his twin brother is still being treated at a hospital in Sussex.

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His story appeared in Kate Garraway’s award-winning documentary, Finding Derek.

On Good Morning Britain this morning with his wife Silma and Steve’s wife Julie Lavinier, Bobby revealed that the mother of the twins, who was 84, passed away the day the family raised funds for Steve’s homecoming. A big party was organized to mobilize.

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In an emotional interview from Ibiza, Bobby revealed that his mother was one of the only people who provoked any reaction from Steve in the 19 months since he contracted COVID.

London DJ Steve Lavinier, 57, pictured, has been unresponsive since contracting Covid-19 in March 2020, which caused brain damage. His family is now raising money to bring him home. Steve and his brother Bobby appeared in Kate Garraway’s award-winning documentary Finding Derekhi

Bobby, pictured at right, mother of 84-year-old twins died the day the family threw a Ministry of Sound fundraiser to see Steve drop home

Bobby, pictured at right, mother of 84-year-old twins died the day the family threw a Ministry of Sound fundraiser to see Steve drop home

Bobby told on the show, ‘Mother was in and out of the hospital for the last one year.’

‘I saw her in the hospital on Saturday, she was sitting in her chair and our sister was feeding her, laughing with her,’ she said.

‘Wednesday ago, she was saying “I want to see my kids because I’m not going here, I’m leaving soon”.

‘I got a call on Sunday morning, and the doctor said, “You guys need to come in, she’s taking a turn for the worse”. And I was like “Not today, all days, what’s up?”, Bobby said.

The mother of the men pictured saw her son Steve during a brief home visit in June, but did not live to see him recover.

The mother of the men pictured saw her son Steve during a brief home visit in June, but did not live to see him recover.

‘She was surrounded by all of us, family, siblings, children, grandchildren, we were all there.’

Bobby revealed that his mother had died on Sunday when Steve’s family and friends were fundraising the Ministry of Sound for their son.

‘He is in a better place now. And my mother, God bless her, she has been here for 84 years and has done everything. He is a devoted Catholic and has done everything he can to stay where he is now and he is in a good place, in a better place. We are dealing with it,’ he said.

Bobby also revealed that prior to his death, his mother was able to move Steve during a home visit in June.

He said, ‘Steve, he’s come home twice, where he comes home for two, three hours.

Pictured Steve's wife Julie said the family was surprised when Steve turned his head to see his mother in June, and the slightest change is positive.

Pictured Steve’s wife Julie said the family was surprised when Steve turned his head to see his mother in June, and the slightest change is positive.

Bobby is right, his mother is in a better place.  He said that his focus is on bringing his brother home

Bobby is right, his mother is in a better place. He said that his focus is on bringing his brother home

‘The first one, he came home, and we’re Catholic and my mom, she was doing rosary, she was praying with Steve, and she was praying beside Steve.

‘We were on the other side of the lounge at Steve and Julie’s house,’ he said, ‘and my mother would say, “oh my god, oh my god”.

‘Steve had turned his head, and was staring at my mother. Now, that doesn’t happen, maybe two, three times in 18 months, and he was so good that we could see Steve’s positivity and glow coming out. We know that Steve knew he was at home,’ Bobby said.

“So that prompted us to say we needed to bring Steve home,” he said.

Steve’s wife Julie said that small talk was everything to him.

Julie, Bobby and his wife, left, with Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd, caught on top of Good Morning Britain

Julie, Bobby and his wife, left, with Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd, caught on top of Good Morning Britain

She said: ‘You know this Kate, the smallest thing matters a lot now.

‘If Steve moves, he’ll look at us. The slightest degree is positive for us because we know he’s trying.

‘And when he did this for his mother, it was unbelievable, we just looked at each other in awe, gasping, “he did it, he did it for his mother”.

‘And coincidence? We don’t believe it’s a coincidence,’ she said.

In the same interview, Julie stated that Steve seemed ‘good’, even though he was still unresponsive to orders and did not respond to his or Bobby’s presence.

Bobby explained that he had visited his mother in the hospital with his sister - the other right - the day before he died.

Bobby explained that he had visited his mother in the hospital with his sister – the other right – the day before he died.

Julie says she knows Steve is trying to get better, but that he has to pay the cost of bringing her home and adopting her home.

Julie says she knows Steve is trying to get better, but that he has to pay the cost of bringing her home and adopting her home.

The family is raising money to bring Steve home, which will come at a water cost to Julie, who will have to convert her bathroom into a water room, as well as make other changes.

Speaking of the Ministry of Sound fundraiser, the family thrown in for Steve was as COVID safe as possible, and attendees completed lateral flow tests before arriving to make sure they weren’t spreading COVID-19.

Steve Lavinier, 57, and his twin brother Bobby, both popular London house music DJs, first contracted the virus on March 7 last year after playing a gig in Madrid and were put on ventilators.

While Bobby was removed from the ventilator after seven days and took two months to recover from the virus, Steve suffered multiple organ failure and brain swelling and remained in the hospital.

Julie, seen in a photo with Steve before the illness, said her husband looks 'good' and wants him to recover

Julie, seen in a photo with Steve before the illness, said her husband looks ‘good’ and wants him to recover

Steve is one of the UK’s longest-serving COVID patients and the chances of a full recovery remain uncertain.

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