As Bobby Sands' condition deteriorates, his mother Rosaleen and sister Marcella express their fears the hunger strike will not end with his death.

Bobby Sands’ mother Rosaleen and sister Marcella give an account of a half hour visit the made to the Maze Prison on 2 May 1981. A medical officer and warder were present in the room at the time.

Marcella Sands describes her brother’s condition,

His coordination had gone, he's completely blind and very, very weak, but very calm, very peaceful, and quite alert.

Rosaleen Sands believes her son's death is imminent,

I think he's coming up to near the end, I can't see how he can last much longer.

That Bobby Sands may die without the five demands is not a topic of conversation they dwell upon, he and his family prefer to talk about old times.

Even at this late stage Marcella is hopeful a solution can be found. She believes An Taoiseach Charles Haughey is an ally and appeals for his intervention,

I think he does realise that these prisoners’ five demands are just and not unreasonable and if he spoke to Mrs Thatcher the whole thing could be settled right away.

For whatever reason, if Bobby Sands, Francis Hughes, Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O'Hara came off the hunger strike without the five demands,

We would be highly delighted to save his life.

However even if they did come off the hunger strike, the matter would not end there as many more men have put their names down and they will come on and start a new hunger strike.

If they didn’t feel they could go with it, there’s more to go on.

Rosaleen Sands agrees,

It will not end with Bobby’s death.

Given this context, Marcella Sands cannot see any end to the hunger strike.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 May 1981. The reporter is John Deering.