A nurse who died of coronavirus shortly after giving birth to her baby also lost her father to the same disease just two weeks before, a family friend has claimed.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong underwent an emergency caesarean last week to save her daughter after she contracted the virus and saw her condition rapidly deteriorate.
The little girl was born, but tragically the mother died just days later on Easter Sunday.
It is not clear how and when Mary caught Covid-19, but the 28-year-old only stopped working at Luton and Dunstable Hospital last month, when she was 28 weeks pregnant.
This is in line with current guidance, but has sparked renewed calls from campaigners to not allow pregnant women to work on the frontline.
Now a family friend has said Mary’s father, Stephen, also died from suspected coronavirus just a fortnight earlier.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, pictured left, died on Sunday after undergoing an emergency caesarean to deliver and save her baby daughter. A family friend now says her father Stephen, pictured right, also died from suspected coronavirus just a fortnight earlier
The news has left Mary’s step-mother, and Stephen’s widow, Elizabeth Agyapong, reeling from the double tragedy.
Speaking from the bedroom window of her terraced home in Wellingborough, Northants, she said: ‘My head is hurting. My husband died and then my daughter. I have lost two lovely people in my life.’
Neighbours of Mrs Agyapong also spoke of their heartache: ‘What she’s gone through is too much for any person. First her partner and then her daughter in quick succession.
‘They are a good family and I’m gutted by what happened to her daughter. It is so sad.’
Another neighbour said: ‘I didn’t know Mary but I feel so sorry for the whole family.
‘To be looking forward to a birth and then to get a death of someone so young and vibrant as Mary is truly horrible.
‘I’m really shocked at the amount of nurses who are dying.’
Her brother Charles Agyapong told MailOnline: ‘We are now mourning for two members of our family – first my father and now Mary. It is a very hard time for us. We need time to grieve.’
Another relative added: ‘Stephen passed away last week. We are all very sad.’
A close family friend paid tribute to Mary on social media on Sunday, just hours after her death.
Phyllis Agyekum wrote: ‘My lovely young girl and University mate. May your perfect soul rest in perfect peace. You were a kind hearted and ambitious young lady.
‘You were a daughter to us all very supportive and serviceable who respect and above all, a lover of God.
‘You lost your father 10 days ago and you are also gone today. What a shock how can a father and a daughter die within 10 days.
‘My dear daughter may the Almighty God save your soul in heaven till we all meet again,
‘RIP Mary Agyapong a wife and a mother of two children.’
Colleagues at Luton and Dunstable Hospital said Mary (pictured) was ‘a fabulous nurse, and a great example of what we stand for’
Stephen’s best friend, Johnson Osei, 41, said: ‘We all used to live together in Britain before we bought our own houses.
‘Mary’s father brought her to Britain when she was a teenager to finish her education.
‘She went to school in Wellingborough before she went to Uni in Luton to study nursing.
‘She was just like her Dad, a really happy person who would laugh a lot.’
Mr Osei, an HGV technician, said Mary’s father Stephen died two weeks ago.
He had been a teacher in Ghana but took on manual work after coming to Europe.
Mr Osei said Stephen suffered from high blood pressure and had fallen victim to Covid-19.
‘It is a tragedy for the family,’ added Mr Osei. ‘Mary already had a little baby so there are now two without a mother.
‘I will always remember what fun we had together. Both Stephen and Mary were great company. ‘
He said that Elizabeth was Mary’s step mother and her natural mother lived in the Ghanaian city of Agogo.
Mary was eight months pregnant when she died and stopped working at 28 weeks, as permitted in official guidance, which hospital bosses said they followed.
However, it has led to renewed calls for a rethink, with campaigners insisting: ‘All pregnant women shouldn’t be on the frontline.’
Organisations supporting pregnant healthcare workers across the UK have said hundreds were told they must work – sometimes without PPE – even though they feared for the lives of their unborn children.
Joeli Brearley, founder of campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed, said: ‘The death of Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong could have been prevented.
‘A child will now grow up without her mother – this tragedy could have been prevented.’
Campaign groups have written to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists urging it to change its guidance.
This currently says women who are less than 28 weeks pregnant can continue in non-Covid patient-facing roles if necessary.
The NHS Trust’s chief executive, David Carter, said the survival of her baby daughter was a ‘beacon of light at this very dark time’. Pictured: Luton and Dunstable Hospital
An internal email to staff at the hospital explained the decision to perform an emergency caesarean was taken after the mother’s condition deteriorated.
Mary tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to hospital on April 7 and had the emergency caesarean within days.
Doctors initially thought the nurse was showing signs of improving afterwards but her symptoms got worse again and she died on Sunday.
Health secretary Matt Hancock described Mary’s story as a ‘terrible one’ in an interview with BBC Breakfast.
He added: ’It’s something that I feel very strongly and I think the whole country, uniting as we are in our support for the NHS and carers across the board.
‘We’are all deeply touched and moved by deaths of nurses like this.’
It comes as almost £100,000 has been raised for the baby and her family via a GoFundMe page, set up just 24 hours ago.
Colleagues said Mary, who had no underlying health conditions, was ‘a fabulous nurse, and a great example of what we stand for’.
And the NHS Trust’s chief executive, David Carter, said the survival of her baby daughter was a ‘beacon of light at this very dark time’.
Both the little girl, named Mary after her mother, and her father, who is self-isolating, have been tested for Covid-19.
Questions over the circumstances of Mary’s infection have now surfaced with sources at the hospital telling Channel 4 News that there have been regular shortages of gowns and widespread rationing of masks, including at the time Mary was working there.
But the hospital has said it has not experienced any significant shortages.
In a statement about Mary’s death, NHS Trust’s chief executive, David Carter, said: ‘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.’
Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: ‘The death of Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong from Luton and Dunstable Hospital could have been prevented, a child will now grow up without her mother – this tragedy could have been prevented’
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Mary’s immediate family, raising nearly £100,000 at the time of writing.
The description read: ‘You will forever be in our hearts Mary. Your memories are still with us and we will cherish them forever until we meet again
‘We will forever miss you.’
Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: ‘Our thoughts are with Agyeiwaa Agyapong’s family and Mary’s newborn baby at this time.
‘Pregnant women should not be working on the frontline. They are listed in the vulnerable category and must therefore be kept two metres away from others at all times or suspended on full pay.
‘Unfortunately, we have heard numerous stories from managers who are putting pressure on pregnant women to continue working on the frontline and other unsafe environments and this is wrong.
‘This tragedy has happened because there has not been clear guidance from the start.
‘The Government has listed pregnant women as vulnerable since the 16th March, however the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists makes a distinction between pregnant women at 28 weeks’ gestation or less, and those who are more than 28 weeks’ gestation – which has caused huge confusion.
‘There was previously no medical evidence that before 28 weeks gestation pregnant women would be disproportionately impacted by Covid19, however, as the disease is so new, there is also no evidence that a growing foetus will not be affected by a mother contracting the disease.
‘The law is very clear, women of all gestations must not be working in environments where they will have close contact with others.
‘If they cannot socially distance at work then they must be suspended on full pay…
‘The death of Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong from Luton and Dunstable Hospital could have been prevented, a child will now grow up without her mother – this tragedy could have been prevented.’
It comes as three other NHS workers also died bringing the death toll among staff to 45. Pictured: Father-of-two Dr Peter Tun, who worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for more than 21 years, passed away on Monday
It comes as three other NHS workers also died bringing the death toll among staff to 45.
Father-of-two Dr Peter Tun, 62, died in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Reading on Monday.
Another victim, Ade Raymond, 48, had been working as a healthcare assistant for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust before he died.
And Cheryl Williams, who worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward at North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton, north London, died on Easter Sunday.
Another victim, Ade Raymond, 48, (pictured) had been working as a healthcare assistant for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust before he died
Colleagues of Mr Raymond at the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust have also paid tribute following his tragic death
Tributes have since been paid to Dr Tun who had worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for more than 21 years.
In an emotional statement, his children said: ‘Our family is immensely proud of our superhero dad.
‘He used to say, ‘Treat all your patients like they are your own family’, and this speaks to the type of character that he had.
‘To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day.’
Steve McManus, chief executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The passing of Peter has sent a wave of grief throughout the entire organisation.
‘Tributes have been pouring in from staff who have worked with Peter over the years and he will be sorely missed.
‘On behalf of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, we extend our sincere condolences to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues.’
The specialist’s colleagues have also paid tribute to him, with one calling him ‘a mentor, a father, and a friend’.
Dr Jonathan Mamo, who worked alongside Dr Tun in the hospital’s neurorehabilitation unit, said: ‘Peter was like a father to all of us in our department in Reading.
‘Despite being a calm and soft-spoken individual he always knew what to say and when to say it.’
He said Dr Tun, who cared for patients with complex neurological conditions, was a ‘great believer in the power of love’ who ‘loved to help people’.
Dr Mamo added: ‘His desk is now empty and we all miss his extraordinary presence.
‘To all of us on the neurorehabilitation unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital he wasn’t just a colleague; he was a mentor, a father, and a friend.’
Dr Tun, who came to the UK from Burma in 1994, was promoted to associate specialist in 2004, and was a member and contributor to the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Professor Christine Collin, who worked alongside Dr Tun at the hospital for 12 years, called him an ‘unfailingly kind, caring and gentle’ man who was ‘much loved and respected’ by both patients and colleagues.
‘Peter had the necessary compassion, respect and knowledge to help support the clinical needs of people with severe neurological disability, and had the useful attribute of always presenting a smiling face to the world,’ she said.
‘His family were his main joy in life, but he was also a talented artist, and could produce beautiful watercolours of his homeland.’
Cheryl Williams (left), who worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward at North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton, north London, died on Easter Sunday
Steve McManus, chief executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The passing of Peter has sent a wave of grief throughout the entire organisation.
‘Tributes have been pouring in from staff who have worked with Peter over the years and he will be sorely missed.
‘On behalf of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, we extend our sincere condolences to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues.’
Colleagues of Mr Raymond at the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust have also paid tribute following his tragic death.
Dr Mehdi Veisi tweeted: ‘RIP Ade. I remember your smile whenever I saw you in Barnet. The BEH family is at a loss and shock. You will always be in our mind.
‘We will follow your path to protect lives, the way you did.’
While Chief Executive Jinjer Kandola tweeted: ‘It is with great sadness that we confirm the loss of our colleague & friend Ade Raymond due to coronavirus.
‘A much-valued member of the team who was studying for a nursing degree. Ade was a highly respected & much missed by all. RIP Ade.’
And another, Jade, writing on Twitter said: ‘Deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of Ade Raymond. Ade was in my cohort at the beginning of his journey to becoming a mental health nurse.
‘My thoughts and sympathies are with all of his family, friends & colleagues. May he rest in Paradise.’
Another colleague said: ‘This was a member of nursing staff who sadly passed away from Covid-19. It is specifically the nursing staff across our mental health services who are the real heroes during this crisis.
‘When the public claps for the NHS, they clap for people like you.’
Tributes for Ms Williams have also poured in. Sharing a picture of Ms Williams to Facebook, the NHS trust said her contribution to patient care at the hospital was ‘irreplaceable’.
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (pictured) said: ‘With greatest sadness, we can confirm the death of our much-loved colleague Cheryl Williams’
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said: ‘With greatest sadness, we can confirm the death of our much-loved colleague Cheryl Williams.
‘As a ward housekeeper on one of our care of the elderly wards, Cheryl was a lynchpin of the care, comfort, and compassion that our patients and local people value so highly, and her personal contribution to patient care is irreplaceable.
‘Her family, friends and colleagues at North Middlesex University Hospital will miss her more than words can describe.
‘We would kindly ask for you to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.’
NHS housekeepers are responsible for non-clinical services such as catering, cleaning, equipment and supplies as part of a ward team in a hospital department.
Their duties include talking to and reassuring patients, receiving visitors, keeping the ward clean and tidy and serving meals to those under their care.
Housekeepers also order supplies and undertake clerical and admin tasks.
In a tribute on Twitter, colleague Omodele Olowokere said the death of Ms Williams had ‘left a vacuum’ on the ward.
‘It is with great sadness and heavy heart to share the news that our colleague Cheryl passed away last night,’ she said.
‘The entire Charles Coward team are devastated about the loss. You have left a vacuum for us.
‘Our heartfelt condolences to your family and friends.’
It comes as a dental nurse was also confirmed to have died after being treated for coronavirus for a month.
Mother-of-one Linnette Cruz, 51, was a senior head nurse at a practice in Sketty, Swansea.
Mrs Cruz was admitted to hospital last month after suffering with Covid-19 symptoms but died on April 14.
Mother-of-one Linnette Cruz, 51, (pictured) was also confirmed to have died after being treated for coronavirus for a month
Dental practice owner Nik Patel paid tribute to her by saying: ‘She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her. She will be sadly missed by all.’
The health board said Mrs Cruz trained in the Philippines and came to Swansea ‘a number of years ago.’ She is survived by her husband, Jeonardy, son Jeonard, sister Rose and her parents.
Karl Bishop, dental director for Swansea Bay University Health Board said: ‘Linnette’s death is deeply upsetting to her family, friends and colleagues and all our thoughts are with them.
‘She was a highly committed and caring dental nurse, respected by her colleagues, patients and the communities in which she worked.
‘Any death to COVID-19 is a very sad event, and where it affects a healthcare professional it is particularly upsetting.
‘The health board will provide all necessary support to the practice and staff during this difficult time.’
Friends have already raised more than £1,500 to pay for her funeral.
Friend Angeliza Tenorio said: ‘Linnette was a loving wife, mother and friend. She was a dedicated dental nurse here in Swansea.
‘Anyone that knows her knows her to be one of the most vibrant, caring and the kindest soul, she will always be remembered by her contagious giggles, brightest of minds and never ending kindness to one and all.’
The number of UK coronavirus cases currently stand at 98,476. The death toll on Wednesday reached 12,868.
Here are the NHS workers MailOnline understands to be among those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic so far:
Amarante Dias, medical director, death announced on April 13
The hospital in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, confirmed yesterday its employee Amarante Dias passed away after testing positive for covid-19
A hospital in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, confirmed yesterday its employee Amarante Dias passed away after testing positive for covid-19.
Dr William Oldfield, medical director at the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS trust, said: ‘We are deeply saddened at losing
‘Amarante Dias who was such a valued and much-loved colleague.
‘On behalf of everyone at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to his family.
‘Amarante will be greatly missed and we are ensuring that staff have access to support to help them at this difficult time.
‘We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the privacy of the family at their request.’
The Weston Super Mare Association of Malayalees posted a tribute on social media: ‘Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family, (Amarante Dias) will deeply be missed.’
Melujean Ballesteros, 60, nurse, died on April 12
The ‘dedicated and very caring’ Filipino nurse, 60, died at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on Sunday, April 12, just two days after being admitted
The ‘dedicated and very caring’ Filipino nurse, 60, died at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on Sunday, April 12, just two days after being admitted.
Her son, Rainier, 37, said: ‘My mum is a dedicated and very caring nurse.
‘She started her career in the UK in 2003, she loved her work as a nurse.’
Rainier, who lives in Calauag in the Philippines, said Mrs Ballesteros had a fever and cough in mid-March and self-isolated for nine days.
But on Friday Rainier said the family convinced her to visit the hospital due to her worsening condition, and so she was picked up by ambulance and was admitted. She died two days later.
Mrs Ballesteros is survived by her two sons, Rainier and Bryan, 38, who also lives in the Philippines, and husband Luis, 64, who lives in the UK.
Kevin Smith, plaster technician, died on April 12
Kevin Smith, who worked putting plaster casts on patients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, died after catching coronavirus. Colleagues paid tribute to him as an ‘incredible person’ who ‘loved his job’ and as a man who was ‘renowned for his warm personality’
Doncaster Royal Infirmary confirmed the death of plaster technician Kevin Smith on April 12, following a ‘brief, but courageous, battle with Covid-19’.
He worked at the hospital for more than 35 years and was ‘renowned for his warm personality, diligence and compassion’, the trust said.
His heartbroken daughter Ellie Whitley wrote on social media: ‘It’s so overwhelming to see so many amazing comments for such an incredible person who loved his job and everyone he worked with for many years.
‘Thank you everyone. We will all miss him greatly but never forget him, ever!’
The chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, Richard Parker OBE, said: ‘I am utterly heartbroken to share the news that Kevin Smith, a well-respected and hugely popular member of our team, has sadly passed away following a brief but courageous battle with Covid-19.
‘A plaster technician and valued member of the team for over 35 years, Kev, as he was known to friends and colleagues, was renowned for his warm personality, diligence and compassion.’
Gareth Roberts, 65, nurse, died on April 11
Grandfather Gareth Roberts, 65, (pictured) had come out of retirement to work at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff and was doing extra shifts to cope with the crisis
Grandfather Gareth Roberts, 65, had come out of retirement to work at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff and was doing extra shifts to cope with the crisis.
But he became ill himself with coronavirus, and gradually his condition deteriorated. He died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales on Saturday.
His family have now hit out at the lack of protective equipment after the death of the ‘much-loved and dedicated’ member of the health team.
Family friend Janette Leonard said: ‘He didn’t have PPE. In the beginning he said he didn’t have anything.
‘For Gareth, he paid the ultimate price. Yeah we’re angry.
‘Why would you send a soldier on to the front line without combat gear? It’s unthinkable.’
Mr Roberts devoted 40 years of his life to caring for people in hospitals around Cardiff and spent his last shift at Llandough Hospital in the Welsh capital.
He worked as a nurse across the Cardiff and Vale health board area since the 1980s, coming out of retirement in January 2015.
His wife Linda was told to attend his bedside at 3am when it became clear he would pass away.
Oscar King Jr, 45, hospital porter, died on April 11
Mr King Jr, believed to have worked at the hospital for 10 years, was described as a ‘beloved friend, loving husband, and devoted father’ to his 10-year-old daughter
Aged 45, Oscar King Jr, a Filipino porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, passed away on April 11. He was said to have worked for the hospital for more than a decade, ‘always doing his job with great enthusiasm and joy’.
Mr King Jr, believed to have worked at the hospital for 10 years, was described as a ‘beloved friend, loving husband, and devoted father’ to his 10-year-old daughter.
His wife had also been taken to hospital after suffering severe symptoms, according to the GoFundMe page.
A Commons library report published last year found that more than 18,000 Filipinos work in the NHS, third only to the numbers from Britain and India.
The Philippines also provided more nurses and clinical support staff than any other country outside of the UK, the study found.
Lola McEvoy, NHS organiser for the GMB union, said the porters’ deaths was ‘awful, awful news’.
‘Support staff in our NHS are risking their lives to protect us. The sacrifice to our country of those who have lost their lives must never be forgotten,’ she added.
Elbert Rico, hospital porter, died on April 10
Mr Rico worked as a porter there since moving to the UK from the Philippines in 2004 ‘and loved the work that he did’
A colleague of Mr King Jr at John Radcliffe, Mr Rico worked as a porter there since moving to the UK from the Philippines in 2004 ‘and loved the work that he did’, according to a fundraising page published by his family.
Both men were married to members of the nursing team at the hospital, the trust said.
Fundraising pages were set up in the names of both workers following their deaths.
A page set up for Mr Rico said he had worked for the hospital since coming to the UK in 2004, adding that he ‘loved the work that he did’.
‘He was always hard working and would prioritise others’ needs firsts. He would walk around the hospital with a smile on his face and very rarely would he call in sick from work.’
Donna Campbell, healthcare support worker, died on April 10
Donna Campbell, 54, tested positive for coronavirus after being admitted into intensive care at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. She has been described as a bubbly personality
Donna Campbell, 54, worked as a nurse at the Velindre cancer hospital, Cardiff, where she was known for singing and dancing with patients.
She had been at the hospital for 20 years after getting her first position there as a volunteer, and was known among staff and patients for her bright and bubbly personality.
Ms Campbell was treated in intensive care at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, after she tested positive for the virus.
The Velindre University NHS Trust paid tribute to the nurse who will ‘always have a special place in our hearts’.
‘She was often found singing and dancing, entertaining patients and staff, making everyone smile,’ they said.
‘Donna will always have a special place in our hearts and we will all want to send our heartfelt sympathy and love to her family at this very difficult time.’
‘Our staff and particularly Donna’s team on First Floor Ward, are completely heartbroken that their beautiful, kind-hearted friend and colleague has died’.
‘She was without doubt a treasured member of our work family who could light up a room with her infectious laugh and bubbly personality.
‘But at the same time she had the most wonderful ability to comfort and care for people.’
Sara Trollope, 51, nurse, died on April 10
Sara Trollope (pictured with the PM last year), 51, was just months away from retiring when she became yet another hero to been named a victim of the deadly bug on Saturday
A 51-year-old matron for older adult mental health services in Hillingdon, west London, Ms Trollope died at Watford General hospital on April 10 after testing positive for the virus.
She was just months away from retiring when she became yet another hero to be struck down by the deadly bug.
Ms Trollope, who worked at Hillingdon Hospital – where she was pictured next to he PM last year – has been praised for her support for older people with dementia.
Medical director Dr Paul Hopper said: ‘Sara had that unbeatable combination of kindness, selflessness and total determination to get things right for patients. She was an example to every one of us.’
Julie Omar, 52, nurse, died on April 10
Aged 52, the trauma and orthopaedics nurse at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital, in Worcestershire, died at home while self-isolating with symptoms on April 10
Aged 52, the trauma and orthopaedics nurse at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital, in Worcestershire, died at home while self-isolating with symptoms on April 10.
She was an experienced trauma and orthopaedics nurse who had most recently been working at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Matthew Hopkin issued a statement which read: ‘It is with great sorrow that I have to share with you the sad news that a much-loved member of our nursing team – Julie Omar – has died.
Julie had been self-isolating at home after developing symptoms of Covid-19, but sadly her condition deteriorated and she died at home.
‘We have been asked by her family not to share any more details at this stage and we will of course respect those wishes.’
Amor Gatinao, 50, nurse, died on April 10
Another nurse, Amor Padilla Gatinao, 50, (pictured) who worked as a nurse at St Charles Hospital, Ladbroke Grove, West London, died after falling ill on Mother’s Day
The nurse is reported to have died on the morning of April 10, having worked at St Charles Hospital, west London.
Amor Padilla Gatinao, 50, who worked as a nurse at St Charles Hospital, Ladbroke Grove, West London, died after falling ill on Mother’s Day.
Her family suspect Ms Padilla-Gatinao, who suffered from asthma, type-2 diabetes and hyperthyroidism, caught the virus at work where she did not have the right protective clothing.
Her daughter Allysa Gatinao, 24, said: ‘There is a shortage of PPE in hospitals. Matt Hancock can’t deny this as the evidence is there.’
Aimee O’Rourke, 39, nurse, died on April 9
Aimee O’Rourke, 39, passed away last night at the QEQM Hospital in Margate, Kent, following the surfacing of symptoms two weeks ago
Aged 39, the nurse and mother died at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQMH) in Margate, Kent, where she worked, on Thursday, April 9.
Ms O’Rourke had three daughters, Maddie, Mollie and Meghan, who described her mother as an ‘angel’ who will ‘wear [her] NHS crown forever more’.
Friends of Ms O’Rourke paid tribute to the ‘one in a million’ nurse.
Friend Hannah Walden wrote on Facebook: ‘Yesterday heaven gained a beautiful young lady.
‘I was lucky to know her and work with her when I worked for CDU (clinical decision unit) QEQM. You were an amazing nurse and mum sleep tight Aimee O’Rourke God bless.’
Lucy Page said: ‘Every now and again special people come in to your life and they have the highest impact.
‘Aimee O’Rourke taught to me fight for what I believe in and gave me courage so many times to do it.
‘…Aimee I love you and not a single day will go by when I don’t think.about you. You were one in a million and you are going to leave such an empty space in all our hearts forever. Miss you already.’
Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, consultant urologist, died on April 8
The doctor, pictured with his wife, worked as a Consultant Urologist at Homerton Hospital in east London
The 53-year-old wrote a Facebook post asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urgently provide every NHS worker with PPE just five days before he died on the night of Wednesday April 8.
Abdul Mabud Chowdhury passed away in hospital after a 15-day battle against the virus.
Just three weeks ago, he wrote to the Prime Minister, asking him to ‘urgently’ ensure PPE was available for ‘each and every NHS worker in the UK’.
The doctor, known to friends and family as Faisal, worked as a consultant urologist in east London and leaves behind a wife, with whom he only recently celebrated a 25th wedding anniversary, and two children.
He died at 1am at Queens Hospital in Romford, according to his brother, who wrote: ‘I ask you humbly my dear brothers and sisters to please keep my brother in your prayers.’
The Muslim Doctors Association paid tribute to him in a statement, which reads: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, Consultant Urologist at Homerton Hospital, after fighting for his life from Covid-19.
‘He leaves behind his wife and two children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
‘Two weeks before his admission to hospital he wrote a message to the Prime Minister urging for better PPE. May he rest in peace.’
Dr Edmond Adedeji, 62, doctor, died on April 8
Dr Edmond Adedeji (pictured), 62, who worked as a locum registrar in the emergency department of Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire, died on April 8
The 62-year-old worked as a locum registrar in the emergency department of Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire, and died ‘doing a job he loved’ on April 8.
‘He died doing a job he loved, serving others before himself,’ his family said in a statement to the BBC.
The hospital’s chief executive added he was a ‘respected and well-liked member of the team’.
Dr Fayez Ayache, GP, died on April 8
Dr Fayez Ayache, who lived in Raydon in Suffolk, had been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and coronavirus
The 76-year-old general practitioner and grandfather died in Ipswich Hospital on April 8, having been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and coronavirus.
The grandfather, who lived in Raydon in Suffolk, had been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and coronavirus.
His family said he stopped working nearly a month ago but may have continued to visit patients at home.
Dr Ayache retired two years ago but quickly returned to work ‘a couple of days a week’, his eldest daughter Layla Ayache, 35.
He worked as a GP with North Clacton Medical Group and also ran an ear, nose and throat clinic at Ipswich Hospital.
Dr Ayache stopped working again three-and-a-half weeks ago because of the risk of coronavirus, his daughter said.
She said she did not know where he had contracted the virus, but believed he may still have been seeing people to give medical advice.
Elsie Sazuze, care home nurse, died on April 7
Mrs Sazuze, who worked for Wolverhampton-based agency Totallycare, died on April 7 at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield
Mrs Sazuze, who worked for Wolverhampton-based agency Totallycare, died on April 7 at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, according to the BBC, who spoke with her husband Ken.
Ms Sazuze fell ill at home in Erdington, Birmingham.
Her husband, Ken Sazuze, said his wife called him at home before being put on a ventilator.
He said: ‘She started telling me, ‘Ken, if I don’t come back, be strong, I love you, be strong for the kids.
Her childhood friend William Fungatira paid tribute as he released an album of pictures on behalf of her family.
Mr Fungatira said: ‘I have known her all my life. Elsie was as a naturally quiet person but very caring, friendly, cheerful and resilient. She had a passion to always help others.
‘She was dedicated to helping people. I remember every time we visited their home she always welcomed us with great hospitality.
‘It’s a great loss to all of us who knew her and indeed to the wider community because she lost her life doing the job she loved. She will be greatly missed.’
Leilani Dayrit, 47, nurse, died on April 7
Leilani Dayrit, 47, worked as a nurse at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, Warwickshire, and died on April 7
Described as a ‘ray of sunshine’, Ms Dayrit, a Filipino nurse who worked at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, died on April 7.
The 47-year-old worked as a nurse at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, Warwickshire, and died on April 7.
She leaves behind her husband a daughter, who described her as ‘selfless until the very end’ and a ‘truly special and beautiful person inside and out’.
A crowdfunding page set up to fund funeral costs has already raised more than £11,000.
It reads: ‘She was a ray of sunshine to those people who were fortunate to meet her.
‘Her beautiful smile mirrors her beautiful heart full of love. Her strong will power to surpass any trial in life and her optimism resonates to everyone.’
Mrs Dayrit had worked for the NHS for 16 years after training in her native Philippines.
She was described as a ‘very dedicated worker’ who was often referred to by children of her friends as ‘Mummy Lei’ or ‘second mother’.
She grew up with seven siblings in Vigan City, going on to become a community youth leader, student and even a beauty queen.
She got her degree in nursing from the University of North Philippines before moving to the UK.
Donald Suelto, 51, nurse, died on April 7
Donald Suelto who worked at Hammersmith Hospital in west London, died on April 7
The 51-year-old, who worked at Hammersmith Hospital in west London, died on April 7 after going into self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.
Nurse Alejandro Fernandez said Mr Suelto, originally from the Philippines, was a ‘spirited friend’ who was ‘friendly to everyone’ and said he was struggling to get over the shock of the news.
In a tribute to his friend, Mr Fernandez said: ‘I still can’t believe it. You were never alone. As I said, you are a hero, everyone knows that. So proud of you.
‘He was an enthusiastic nurse, full of life, loved his NHS job and a spirited friend with a loving heart. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family. Rest in Peace Donds.’
Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70, nurse, died on April 7
NHS nurse Alice Kit Tak Ong died from the coronavirus, she moved to the UK when she was 23-years-old to study nursing
The 70-year-old, originally from Hong Kong, died on April 7 after 44 years of working for the NHS. She was described by her daughter Melissa as ‘generous to everyone else before herself’.
Speaking to The Guardian, Ms Ong’s daughter said her mother had spent her life helping others.
Melissa Ong said her mother ‘loved her job and she loved her patients’.
‘She was completely dedicated to her work, that’s what she was doing until the moment she was taken ill’, she said.
It is believed that she may have contracted the disease while working at a hospital without protective equipment.
She had first come to the UK at just 23-year-old to study nursing.
Janice Graham, 58, nurse, died on April 6
Janice Graham, 58, became the first nurse in Scotland to die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic on April 6
The 58-year-old healthcare support worker from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) became the first nurse in Scotland to die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic on April 6.
Louise Long, chief officer of Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, said: ‘We are saddened to confirm a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19.
‘Our thoughts are with Janice’s loved ones at this difficult time.
‘Janice was a valued team member in our District Nursing and Evening Services team and brought kindness and compassion to patients and colleagues.
‘Her bright and engaging personality and razor-sharp wit will be sorely missed.
‘A memorial book will be open at Port Glasgow Health Centre to staff who wish to pay tribute to Janice.
‘We are incredibly thankful to our staff for their tireless efforts during this crisis. We are here to support them as much as possible during this challenging time.’
Syed Haider, GP, died on April 6
The family doctor worked in Dagenham, east London, and died in hospital on April 6 after it is believed he developed coronavirus symptoms.
Barbara Moore, 54, patient discharge planner, died on April 6
Described as an ‘unsung hero’, the 54-year-old grandmother died on April 6, the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.
A staff member at the Valence Medical Centre in Dagenham, east London – where Dr Haider worked – confirmed the tragic news.
The News International, a Pakistani newspaper, spoke to his son, who described him as a ‘selfless man driven by his passion for his profession’.
He added: ‘Even whilst in hospital breathing his last, he was urging doctors and nurses to pay attention to other patients rather than him.
‘Many at his age would have retired yet his dedication to his profession was immeasurable.’
Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, doctor, died on April 6
Dr Saadu had been working at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire
The 68-year-old, who had returned to work from retirement, died on April 6 at the Whittington Hospital in north London.
He died after fighting the virus for two weeks, had been working at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
His son Dani told HuffPost UK: ‘He was a very passionate man, who cared about saving people. As soon you spoke to him about medicine his face would light up.
‘He worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years in different hospitals across London. He loved to lecture people in the world of medicine – he did so in the UK and Africa.’
He also described his father as a ‘massive family man’, adding that he leaves behind two sons and a wife who is also a retired doctor, in occupational health.
Dr Saadu, who was originally from Nigeria, was a former clinical director of the care of the elderly department at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
He was also medical director of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, and medical director and consultant physician at Ealing Hospital in West London.
Jitendra Rathod, surgeon, died on April 6
Jitendra Rathod, 58, was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he first started working in the 1990s, but died from coronavirus
A ‘highly regarded’ associate specialist in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales, Mr Rathod died on the morning of April 6.
Mr Rathod, who was from India, had been working in the hospital since the 1990s.
A statement by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: ‘It is with profound sadness that we must inform you that Mr Jitendra Rathod, associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery, has passed away.
‘He died early this morning on our general intensive care unit after testing positive for Covid-19.’
The father-of-two was described as an ‘incredibly dedicated surgeon’ who cared deeply for his patients and was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales.
A cardiothoracic surgeon is a specialist who operates on the heart, lungs and other thoracic (chest) organs.
‘He was well-liked and and greatly respected by one and all,’ the health board statement added.
‘He was very compassionate and a wonderful human being. His commitment to the speciality was exemplary. He is survived by his wife and two sons.’
Mr Rathod worked in the department of cardio-throacic surgery since the mid 1990s. He later had a brief stint abroad before returning to UHW in 2006.
Lynsay Coventry, 54, midwife, died on April 6
In a touching tribute, face mask-wearing medics at Prices Alexandra lined the corridors and fell silent to remember their colleague
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex announced the death of 54-year-old – the first involving a serving NHS midwife after testing positive for the virus – on April 5.
Ms Coventry passed away at neighbouring Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust after initially self-isolating at home and was not at work before her death.
In a touching tribute, face mask-wearing medics at Prices Alexandra lined the corridors and fell silent to remember their colleague.
With ‘great sadness’, the chief executive of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Lance McCarthy, announced her death and paid tribute to her ‘professionalism and commitment’.
In a statement, Ms Coventry’s family said: ‘As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.
‘We each know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories.
‘What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life.
‘It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family.
‘She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world.’
Glen Corbin, 59, nurse, died on April 4
The 59-year-old had worked at the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health in Harlesden, north-west London, for more than 25 years and his Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust announced his death on April 4.
His colleagues have paid tribute to him after he died of the disease, saying he was looking forward to his 60th birthday this year.
They said: ‘Glen was a much loved colleague and will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his family, friends and loved ones at this sad and difficult time.’
It was revealed last week that 20,000 former NHS staff have come back to the profession to help combat the deadly disease.
Rebecca Mack, 29, nurse, died on April 5
Tributes have poured in for Rebecca Mack (pictured), a child cancer nurse from Newcastle who’s died from coronavirus
The 29-year-old died on April 5, after going into self-isolation with symptoms. Her friend Sarah Bredin-Kemp said she was an ‘incredible nurse’.
Her heartbroken best friend, Sarah Bredin-Kemp, revealed her sorrow in a touching Facebook post about the medic, who most recently worked as a 111 operator
She wrote: ‘Becca was one of the best friends I’ve ever had. She was a devoted friend, an incredible nurse and a unapologetically imperfect person: She was the most accident-prone, stubborn, chatterbox with a bizarre catchphrase and inappropriate joke for every occasion.
‘Her iconic love of leopard print and statement earrings was rivaled only by Pat Butcher herself.
‘She would never take ‘I’m busy, I’m not coming to the pub’ as an answer. She was useless at hiding her emotions: she would just describe things she didn’t like as as ‘interesting’ or ‘alternative’, with an expression of pure loathing.
‘She was a high maintenance, foot-in-mouth oversharer with a love of cheesy music, crappy tv and an inexplicable hatred of small animals.
‘But she would be the first in line to tell you off when you were doubting yourself.
‘She was honest, warm and charismatic. She worked hard and made her family proud every single day.’
Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, consultant, died on April 4
Dr Anton Sebastianpillai became the thirteenth frontline medic to die from the virus on Saturday
The consultant geriatrician died on April 4, four days after being admitted to the intensive care unit and two weeks after completing his final shift on March 20, according to Kingston Hospital in south-west London.
In a statement, a spokesman for the hospital said Dr Anton had completed his last shift with the hospital on March 20.
‘It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of a consultant geriatrician who was part of the team…Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday 4 April 2020 having been cared for in the hospital’s intensive care unit since March 31.
‘Dr Sebastianpillai completed his last shift with us on March 20 and we would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family.’
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