A PREGNANT nurse who died from coronavirus following the successful delivery of her baby via c-section is pictured for the first time.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, tragically passed away on Sunday days after the emergency surgery at Luton & Dunstable hospital where the “fabulous” NHS hero worked.
Channel 4 News today reported the baby girl is alive and being treated – however it is still unclear if the child, also named Mary, has tested positive for Covid-19.
According to reports, the nurse’s condition had initially appeared to improve before deteriorating prompting medics to perform the caesarean in a bid to save the infant.
Mary died “a few days” after her baby was born, Channel 4 News reported.
Colleagues said Mary was “a fabulous nurse and a great example of what we stand for”.
Friends and co-workers paid tribute to her on a GoFundMe page set up to help her grieving family.
DIED AFTER GIVING BIRTH
Renai Mcinerney wrote: “Sister Mary was my colleague, I worked alongside her for a few years.
“She deserves her family to be looked after, after she devoted her life to the NHS as a nurse.
“It’s time to look out/after our own and return the selflessness persona Mary carried and give something so small, but so big to her family in this time of need. RIP sister Mary!”
Caitlin Greene also posted: “So sorry to Mary’s family and friends for her loss. She will live on in her beautiful baby girl. xxxx”
“she devoted her life to the NHS as a nurse Mary’s Colleague Renai
The broadcaster said staff at the Luton hospital have complained of a shortage of gowns and masks for workers caring for coronavirus patients.
A hospital spokesman refuted that claim, telling Sun Online: “We have not experienced significant shortages of PPE (Personal protective equipment) during the outbreak.”
It has been reported that Mary’s husband is currently self-isolating.
The nurse, who worked at the hospital into her third trimester, cared for patients on ward 12 – where Covid-19 victims are now being treated.
However, the hospital said that the ward did not have any infected people when Mary worked there until March 12.
In a statement, David Carter, CEO, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told staff: “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.”
Mr Carter said the survival of the nurse’s baby daughter was a “beacon of light at this very dark time”.
Mary is not believed to have been infected by the virus while working at the hospital.
Her maternity leave was cut short when she admitted as a patient on April 7.