Family of nurse who died of Covid-19 speaks up: “She died alone”

Family of nurse who died of Covid-19 speaks up: “She died alone”

- The family of the late Thokozani Makaula has shed light on the circumstances surrounding her death

- When the registered nurse exhibited flu-like symptoms a few weeks ago, her family brushed it off

- Unfortunately, she contracted the coronavirus and passed away alone in a hospital

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Thokozani Makaula went home to rest with her three children after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

The registered nurse at Tygerberg Hospital had already tested negative for Covid-19 after coming into contact with colleagues who had tested positive.

Her sister Nolindo Makaula explained that May 20th was the last day she saw Thokozani following her admission.

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TimesLIVE reported that she was turned away after a private doctor refused to treat her.

However, Nolinda recalls that the gravity of the situation became clear when Thokozani was rushed to hospital following shortness of breath.

Nolinda said, “The day (May 20) she was admitted was the last time we saw her." learnt that the 38-year-old nurse suffered from diabetes, but reassured her family since falling ill.

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Nolinda feels it's a travesty that her sister educated and helped others on the dangers linked to Covid-19, but that she passed away alone and isolated.

Nolinda added, "She died all alone despite helping others heal through her work as a nurse. I don’t know how to tell her youngest child, who is only three, that ‘your mother is no more’. It hurts so much.”

Meanwhile, previously reported that five medical doctors are among those who tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into contact with a patient.

Apart from the medical doctors who got infected through the patient, two ambulance drivers and one emergency worker also tested positive for the disease.

Family of nurse who died of Covid-19 speaks up: “She died alone”

Thokozani Makaula Source: Supplied
Source: UGC

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