Monday, 28 Sep 2020

Coronavirus ICU nurse, 62, is killed by Covid-19

A 62-year-old intensive care unit nurse hailed for caring for coronavirus suffers has died after succumbing to Covid-19.

Patricia Edwards passed away on August 19 in Greenville, South Carolina, leaving behind five children and 13 grandchildren.

One of her daughters, Emily Holloway, said that when her mother showed signs of Covid-19 symptoms, her children had to force her go to the hospital.

‘When we took her oxygen level, we had to make her go.’ Holloway said. ‘She was wanting to run errands and stuff, but we were like, “No, mama. We’re not making any stops. Get in the car. You’re going now.”‘

Edwards was a divorced single mother who would work eight-hour shifts that then became 12-hour shift during the pandemic. Holloway said her mother was a ‘very strong-willed’ person who believed that everything would be alright, but she was not able to overcome the virus.

Another daughter, Valerie, told Greenville News that Edwards’ mother died one week later from Coronavirus symptoms.

‘My grandmother went not long after (Edwards) did because she took care of her,’ Valerie said. ‘She was her nurse.’

Valerie continued to mourn and said that she can’t believe that her mother is gone.

‘I still haven’t accepted it,’ she said.

Valerie was at the hospital with her mother toward the end said she could see how great of an impact Edwards had on the hospital and the rest of the staff.

‘She always had traffic coming toward her room,’ Valerie said. ‘People wanted to come by and pray for her and just had words of encouragement for us. I could feel their pain, too. That’s just the kind of impact she had.’

Her family has started a nursing scholarship that will honor Edward’s passion for nursing.

More than 2,600 South Carolinians and over 180,000 Americans have died from the Coronavirus.

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