Heartbroken nurse says she held the hands of FOUR coronavirus patients who died in one day – including a man in his 40s
A HEARTBROKEN nurse has shared how she held the hands of four coronavirus patients as they died in one day.
Gemma Louise wrote an emotional post on Facebook about how watching people “deteriorate so quickly and having nothing left you can do” is the worst feeling.
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The hero nurse, whose post begged people to stay at home during the pandemic, has racked up over 79,000 shares, and struck a chord with thousands online.
Gemma shared a photo of her dressed in full personal protective equipment and wrote: “Today I held the hands of 4 patients as they sadly passed away from COVID 19.
“One of them was in their 40s. To say it was heartbreaking, doesn't even come close.
“Watching people deteriorate so quickly and having nothing left you can do to help them is the worst feeling.
“It breaks my heart that they can't spend their last moments with their families and that we have to break the news to their relatives over the phone.”
Gemma added that the virus is so devastating as it attacks so many organs and there is “very little doctors can do but support people's breathing with oxygen and ventilation support.”
She pleaded: “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay at home this weekend.
“It angers me so much that people can't follow this simple command to keep themselves and their families safe.
“If we can risk our lives helping people and sweating for hours on end in PPE, then you can stay at home watching TV.
“I will be working this weekend but will look forward to celebrating the end with my family and friends when we make it through the other side of this horrible time.”
This comes as the UK coronavirus death toll has reached 12,868, with over 98,476 confirmed cases.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says new guidelines are being drawn up so people can say goodbye to loved ones with the virus in a safe way.
He said the case of 13-year-old Ismail who died in hospital without any of his family with him last month, had made him "weep".
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton, South West London, died of the bug on his own after being rushed to hospital struggling to breathe.
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Professor Chris Whitty also said last night that the curve was flattening, but the number of deaths may continue to rise for a few more days to come.
He explained: "It takes a while for people to succumb to this disease and then for those cases to be reported.
"The UK data there from PHE and from devolved administrations we're watching, and hoping that those too will soon start to follow that trajectory."
We shared how schools outside London and Birmingham could reopen next month under plans being considered by ministers.
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