The widower of the 28-year-old nurse, who died after giving birth in April last year after contracting Covid-19, said her sudden death was “the hardest pain to bear” and that “it was hard to believe she lost her life to the virus ”After an investigation into her death.
Presenting a narrative conclusion in Tuesday’s investigation, coroner Emma Whitting ruled that Mary Agyeiwa’s death was Agyapong the result of multiple organ failure and Covid-19 and called on the prime minister to conduct a public investigation into how the pandemic was resolved.
Agyapong died on April 12 last year at the hospital where she worked, five days after giving birth to her second child. She spent at least the last week of her life with coronavirus, a diagnosis initially rejected by medics at the hospital where she worked despite a collapse at home and acute breathing difficulties.
After an investigation at the coroner’s court in Bedfordshire and Luton, Agyapong’s widower, Ernest Boateng, said that in the first days after her death he was able to “continue only because of the need to care for our children and provide them with a loving home.”
“Mary was strong, capable, lively, full of life and the most precious person in my life. It’s still hard to believe she lost her life to the Covid-19 virus, ”he said.
Boateng added that he was glad that those involved in the care of Agyapong participated in the investigation and gave a full account of what happened, but hoped that the fact that they had to “remind” them of the need to always give their best. caring for women in Mary’s situation – especially black women who are themselves in the forefront of health care. ”Boateng said in the investigation that Agyapong said she cares about the infection at work while she is pregnant.
Whitting said in her verdict that it remains unclear where and when Agyapongo’s exposure to the virus first occurred.
Whitting also said the process of understanding the broader political implications stemming from Agyapong’s death and all other lives lost in the pandemic goes “far beyond the scope of the coroner’s investigation”.
“While Mary’s untimely death is first and foremost a tragedy for her husband, her children and all her relationships, colleagues and friends, it is also for society,” Whitting said. “As a society, it is important to learn from all the lives lost as a result of this terrible pandemic and to consider the broader policy implications that could be lost from each of them.
“Since this is a procedure that goes far beyond the coroner’s investigation and the prime minister has announced his intention to conduct a full public investigation into the Covid-19 pandemic, I ask him to proceed as soon as possible.”
Agyapong, who lived in Luton with her husband and son, was pregnant with her second child when she first fell ill in early April last year. After suffering from shortness of breath and fatigue, she was taken to the emergency department of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital on April 5, which was also her workplace. She was fired the same day, by a decision that led the investigation to hear that Agyapong was “unhappy”.
She was admitted to the hospital two days later after her condition worsened and her daughter gave birth the same day. She died in intensive care five days later.
The investigation also heard that Agyapong was the first pregnant patient with suspected Covid-19 to be treated at the hospital, and that the senior medic did not think she had the virus when she was first admitted to the hospital.