Pregnant NHS nurse dies from Covid-19 – but baby saved

More than £100,000 has been raised so far for the newborn baby of a pregnant nurse who died from coronavirus.

The baby daughter was delivered by Caesarean section.

She is doing well – though it’s not known if she has Covid-19.

Her mother, Mary Agyerwaa Agyapong, 28, was a nurse at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

She’d worked there for five years.

Mary tested positive for the illness on April 5th and was admitted to the hospital where she worked on the 7th.

Her husband is in self-isolation.

David Carter, chief executive of the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 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.

“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.

A GoFundMe page has already raised £100,000 by Thursday morning.

Organizer Rhoda Asiedu wrote on the page:

“I am raising this fund for her immediate family; her husband, AJ and her baby girl little Mary, who was born at the time of her demise.”

Colleagues paid tribute to Ms Agyapong, who also went by her married name Mary Boateng, on the GoFundMe page.

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.”

Caitlin Green posted: “So sorry to Mary’s family and friends for her loss.

“She will live on in her beautiful baby girl.”

 


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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