Pregnant nurse who died of Covid-19 felt ‘pressured’ to work despite concerns, inquest hears

A nurse who died with Covid-19 shortly after surgeons were able to deliver her baby had felt “pressured” to return to work despite having concerns for her safety, an inquest into her death has heard.

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, worked in the wards of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital up until 12 March, 2020 when she was allowed to sign off work due to back issues, her widower Ernest Boateng told Bedfordshire and Luton Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, according to the Press Association.

Mr Boateng said his partner continued to go hospital, however, to attend medical appointments.

On 5 April, the nurse was admitted into hospital with breathing issues, but was discharged later that day.

She was readmitted two days later, however, with coronavirus symptoms.

At the time, she was 35 weeks pregnant, the court heard. Surgeons were able to safely deliver her child, who has also been named Mary, by Caesarean section before the mother was transferred to the intensive unit.

She died there days later on 12 April, with the preliminary cause of death found to be pneumonia and Covid-19.

At the inquest, Mr Boateng, 30, said “Mary continued to work [at the start of the coronavirus outbreak], but she was very concerned about the situation involving Covid-19, so much so that when she came home from work she would take her clothes off at the front door and take a shower immediately”.

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