WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Detroit nurse who was refused by the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus was found dead in her home in Michigan.
- She was convinced she had contracted the virus while treating a patient without a surgical mask.
- The nurse died only a couple of days before her birthday.
A Detroit nurse working at Henry Ford Hospital for 20 years was convinced she was infected with the novel coronavirus while treating a patient without wearing a surgical mask.
In late March, she asked the hospital for her to be tested but was denied because she was not showing severe symptoms; she only experienced a loss of sense of smell and taste by that time.
She was eventually tested which came in positive, but only after showing severe symptoms of the virus, including a persistently high fever and a cough. A few days later, she was found dead and alone in her Dearborn, Michigan home.
The body of Lisa Ewald who was 53 years old, was found on Wednesday by a friend, inside her living room. It was days before her 54th birthday.
Ewald who had asthma, was described by her family and friends as a happy and optimistic person. In spite of her asthma, her family said she was still ready to risk her life to help other people.
In an interview with WXYZ-TV, her niece, Candace Ewald, said, “she dedicated her life to obviously healthcare and helping other people, but also to my grandmother.”
One of Ewald’s friends, Joseph Lenard also said: “We all knew the initial news that this was going to hit the US but she gave no care or concern for herself but only care and concern for others.”
The President and CEO of the Henry Ford Health System, Wright Lassiter III issued a statement on Friday saying, “there are not (sic) adequate words to describe how saddened we are. Our hearts ache for our employee’s family, friends, and colleagues.”
He added that “as health care providers on the front lines of this pandemic, we know we are not immune to its traumatic effects. We continue to fight with every resource we have to protect our employees and provide the safest care to our patients.”
The CEO ended his statement with, “because of patient privacy obligations, we cannot share additional information.”j
Source: Daily Mail UK