Pregnant nurse dies – child is saved

Pregnant nurse dies - child is saved

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In the UK, a heavily pregnant nurse died of Covid-19. The doctors were able to save her baby by emergency Caesarean section. The colleagues collect donations for the family.

The death of Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong moves Britain. The nurse died of Covid-19 at the age of 28 in the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital where she had worked for five years. What makes the case particularly tragic: Agyapong was very pregnant. But her child is alive, the doctors were able to save the baby by emergency Caesarean. A spokeswoman for the clinic said the child was “very well”. There was no more information about the condition.

The 28-year-old had been tested positive for lung disease on April 5, and was admitted to the hospital two days later. There she lost the fight for her life last Sunday. Where she got infected is not known. The clinic announced that they had no corona patients until Agyapong went on maternity leave.

Husband is also infected

David Carter, general manager of the clinic association, said the young woman was “a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this company”. And: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences to Mary’s family and friends during this sad time.”

Her husband has also tested positive for Covid-19 and is in quarantine at home. Colleagues have set up a donation page to support the family. Several thousand pounds of donations are said to have been raised. Many also expressed their condolences there. Ms. Agyapong “dedicated her life to the NHS as a nurse,” someone wrote.

The corona virus has a firm grip on the island. Most recently, 861 people died of Covid-19 within 24 hours. That was almost a hundred new deaths more than the previous day, as the UK Department of Health announced on Thursday. In the past few days, the increase in the number of victims had slowed. A total of 13,729 lung diseases have so far been diagnosed in Great Britain. The number of confirmed corona cases exceeded 100,000 on Thursday.

Sources: BBC, “The Telegraph”

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