Pregnant nurse, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong died on Sunday, after having contracted the coronavirus. Thankfully, her daughter is healthy after delivery, although it is not clear yet whether the baby was infected by the virus or not.
Mary has worked as a nurse in the general ward in Luton and Dunstable University Hospital for five years. Her baby was delivered via emergency caesarian section and is doing well. One hospital trust spokeswoman said that she "was doing very well" but did not provide any other information.
Ms. Agyapong Had No Contact With the Coronavirus
On April 7, the 28-year-old nurse was admitted after having tested positive to the coronavirus two days before checking into the hospital.
According to her bosses, Mary never had contact with any person that has tested positive with the coronavirus while she was pregnant. Even though she had been working until her third trimester, that was at least until March 12, there had been no COVID-19 patients when she took her maternity leave.
The chief executive of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, David Carter said that Mary was a "fantastic nurse." She was highly valued and a loved member of her team. Apart from that, she was a great role model for everybody. He sent his condolences to her family and friends.
Friends Helped to Set Up GoFundMe
Mary's friends, Rhoda Asiedu and Gloria Gyan helped to set up a fundraiser on Wednesday morning and have already raised more than 110,000 euros. Initially, their target was to raise 2,000 euros only to help her husband and newborn daughter. Mary's husband was already tested for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating. They named their daughter after the mother.
Her two friends that set up the fundraising page said that Mary was a blessing to everyone that she has met. Her love, care, and sincerity will be remembered. They added that Mary will forever remain in their hearts and they will cherish all the memories they had of her.
Ms. Agyapong as a Nurse
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, also known as Mary Boateng as her married name, was well-loved by her fellow nurses. One former colleague said that she had devoted her life to the hospital.
Renai Mcinerney, who worked alongside Mary for a few years said that Mry's family deserves to be looked after because she has been loyal to the NHS as a nurse. Adding to that, she said that they should return the favor to Mary now that her family is in need.
Caitlin Green, another colleague, said that she is sorry for Mary's family and friends' loss.
There were some other front-liners who also died due to being infected with COVID-19. Their family members claimed that they were working without adequate PPE. Grandfather Gareth Roberts, 65, died because he wore "a paper mask, gloves, and a pinny."
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