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Boats 05-11-2020 02:46 PM

Nurse dies two weeks after rushing without N95 mask to save coronavirus patient
Nurse dies two weeks after rushing without N95 mask to save coronavirus patient
By: Jackie Salo - New York Post - 05-11-20

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Nurse Celia Lardizabal Marco

A Los Angeles nurse succumbed to coronavirus just two weeks after rushing without an N95 mask into an infected patient’s room to save his life, according to a report.

Celia Marcos, 61, was only protected by a surgical mask when she gave chest compressions to a man who stopped breathing at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Marcos texted her niece about how she was the “one right in front of his face,” knowing that she’d likely exposed herself to the virus, according to the report.

“Celia was called to a COVID-19 isolation room while wearing only a surgical mask — not the required N95 respirator, gown, face shield, and booties that her hospital should have given her for her protection,” said Nina Wells, who is the president of the SEIU 121RN, a Southern California nurses union, in a statement to the newspaper.

Colleagues said that Marcos had known that going to obtain PPE would waste valuable time that could potentially save the patient’s life, the outlet reported.

“The hospital wasn’t giving us appropriate PPE — the N95s were locked,” a nurse told the outlet.

Three days later, Marcos fell sick with the virus and later told her family that she developed pneumonia in both lungs, the outlet reported.

Marcos, who was previously healthy, went into cardiac arrest as she battled the virus, requiring resuscitation of her multiple times, the newspaper reported.

She died on April 17, just two weeks after she put her life at risk to save the patient, according to the report.

“It’s just too painful for everybody, what happened to her,” her colleague told the outlet.

The hospital has denied that Marcos didn’t have the proper PPE to treat the patient.

“Despite these efforts, and our commitment to following all guidelines, we still lost one of our own to this terrible virus, and we feel this loss very deeply,” the hospital said in a statement to the newspaper.


Personal note: Our thoughts and prayer's go out to Nurse Marcos Family and Friends and we thank her for taking care of the welfare of her patience. Her sacrifice is one of many who've been on line taking care of the coronovirus patients. We can only hope their is a light at the end of the tunnel in the next six months or so - but a vaccine is the only thing that will bring this God awful decease to an end.


Boats 06-09-2020 08:17 AM

American hospitals have lost dozens of medical workers to the coronavirus. Here are s
American hospitals have lost dozens of medical workers to the coronavirus. Here are some of their stories.
By: Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, Katie Canales and Yeji Jesse Lee: Business Insider as of 5/3/20

* More than two dozen US healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic have died from the coronavirus.

* Many doctors, nurses, EMTs, and medical support staff members had been forced to reuse their personal protective equipment during their shifts, making them especially susceptible to the virus.

* Business Insider wanted to share the stories of some of those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

While most Americans are confined to their homes amidst state and city-wide lockdowns, healthcare workers continue to live on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the past two months, more than 9,000 US healthcare workers have contracted the coronavirus, according to an April report from the Center for Disease Control.

The vast majority of healthcare workers reported that their symptoms were mild, but several hundred had cases serious enough to warrant a hospital stay, and at least 27 US healthcare workers have died from the disease.

The number reported by the CDC is likely incomplete. Earlier this month, the National Nurses United union reported that at least 48 nurses have died from the coronavirus.

Worldwide, the number of healthcare workers who have succumbed to coronavirus exceeds 100.

Medical centers around the country — and around the world — continue to report they lack adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their staff, and many have resorted to using rain ponchos, and even garbage bags to protect themselves.

Business Insider has reached out to the friends and family of the doctors, nurses, and support staff who contracted and died from the disease while trying to save others.

Here are the stories of some of the unsung healthcare heroes who lost their lives during the COVID-19 global crisis.

This is an ongoing Business Insider project. If you know of other healthcare workers who have died from COVID-19.

Brave folks one and all - taking care of these folks in their time of need.
Thank You All


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