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Ghanaian nurse dies of coronavirus in US

A Ghanaian nurse in the United States has died of cornavirus, US-based portal nypost.com has reported.

Freda Ocran was put on a ventilator at the Lincoln Medical Center in The Bronx on March 24 after contracting the virus and showing deteriorating health.

The St John’s Grammar School product died Saturday, March 28, 2020.

She was the former head nurse of Jacobi Medical Center’s psychiatric unit and had been agitating about poor precautionary measures in hospitals in the fight against coronavirus.

“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.

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Photo: Freda Ocran

Jacobi nurses had held a rally outside the hospital Saturday demanding more protective gear.

“Without those tests being administered, there’s no way of knowing if she was working with someone who had it or not,” the website quoted her son, Kwame.

Freda Ocran showed mild symptoms two weeks ago but still continued putting in her shift in the hospital.

Kwame said his mother was sent home without any testing.

“I CAN’T STAY HOME…I’M A HEALTHCARE WORKER,” the woman described as a passionate nurse posted a photo on her Facebook page March 20

Four days after her post she was hospitalised at Lincoln Medical Center in The Bronx and assisted with a ventilator as she experienced breathing difficulties.

A week on admission, she died.

“My mother is the most giving person I ever met,” her son said and called her “ a beautiful soul.”

Freda Ocran may have had premonitions of her death as two weeks before she died, she revealed her desire to join her late father.

She posted on Facebook a photo of her father and herself when she was a little girl, along with the words, “We will meet again, DAD!”

New York mayor De Blasio announced Ocran’s death Sunday and described her death as a “horrible loss” to her family, the hospital and the city.

Freda’s mother lives in Ghana.

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