- South African nurse Josephine Manini Peter worked in England for the last 18 years
- Just before the coronavirus pandemic struck, Peter had been making arrangements to return home to South Africa
- Unfortunately, she contracted Covid-19 and lost her life before she could fly back home
Healthcare workers are at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
They constantly put their lives at risk due to the high exposure to the dreaded virus.
The story of South African nurse Josephine Manini Peter served another reminder of the risks involved in the job.
The 55-year-old woman was born and bred in Ekurhuleni, but had been working in the United Kingdom for the last 18 years.
In 2002, Peter worked for Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, but she subsequently worked at the Hillingdon NHS Trust in London.
After 18 long years working in the UK, Peter started making plans to return home to South Africa.
Unfortunately, she tragically lost her life before she could make the flight back.
Peter's close friend Cynthia Charles started a crowdfunding initiative to help the family during this challenging time.
Via the Gofundme.com site, they've raised an astonishing R235 000 within two days.
TimesLIVE reported that Peter was treating some Covid-19 patients and soon became ill.
Charles explained, "She was in hospital for three days. The hospital discharged her and that very night she started to struggle to breathe and was turning blue. She was readmitted and that’s when she gave in."
In light of the important role played by healthcare workers, Briefly.co.za previously reported on six heroes who are saving lives.
The article featured healthcare workers, but also some other essential workers who have already played their part.
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