April 15, 2020 | 1: 41pm
The Luton and Dunstable Hospital in Bedfordshire, England
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A heavily pregnant British nurse died from coronavirus complications Sunday — but doctors were able to save her baby after an emergency c-section, according to reports.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, of Bedfordshire, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 5 and was admitted to the hospital on April 7, according to the UK’s Channel 4 News.
After initially showing signs of improvement, Agyapong’s condition suddenly deteriorated, prompting doctors to perform an emergency c-section to save her baby daughter, the outlet reported.
The baby was delivered safely and doctors again thought Agyapong was showing signs of improvement — but her condition worsened and she passed away on Sunday. It is not clear whether the newborn has also tested positive for the virus.
David Carter, the chief executive of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where Agyapong worked, said the survival of her baby daughter was a “beacon of light at this very dark time.”
“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),” he said in a statement to Channel 4.
“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.”
Colleagues at the hospital described her as a “fabulous nurse,” according to Channel 4.