28-year-old Ghanaian nurse dies of coronavirus in UK
A heavily pregnant 28-year-old nurse, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, has died shortly after testing positive for coronavirus.
Agyeiwaa delivered her baby in an emergency c-section but tragically died soon after.
It is unclear if the child has tested positive for the deadly virus, but according to Channel 4 news, she was alive and being treated.
In an internal memo to the staff of Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where Mary worked, David Carter, the Chief Executive Officer said, the decision to perform an emergency caesarean section had to be made as her condition worsened.
He said the survival of the baby was a “beacon of light at this very dark time”.
Colleagues at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, described Mary as “a fabulous nurse and a great example of what we stand for”.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of one of our nurses, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, who passed away on Sunday (12th April).”
“Mary worked here for five years and was a highly valued and loved member of our team, a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this Trust.”
“She tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested on 5th of April and was admitted to the hospital on the 7th April. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary’s family and friends at this sad time. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time.”parts of the statement read.
Earlier this month, the former head nurse of Jacobi Medical Center’s psychiatric unit, Freda Ocran also died after testing positive for COVID-19.
Freda Ocran before her death had complained about the lack of coronavirus precautions and testing while working at the Jacobi Medical Center in New York.
“She had concerns, especially with working with patients and other staff and how long it was taking to be tested,” Kwame Ocran, 25, said of his 50-year-old mom.
At least 30 of the United Kingdom’s National Health Services (NHS) workers have tragically died after contracting the coronavirus, with the government facing mounting criticism over the lack of supply of PPE to NHS staff.
Nurses have reported being forced to share equipment despite being on the frontline of the pandemic.