A 48 year-old nurse killed by coronavirus sent his sister a haunting final text saying: ‘Can’t talk because I choke and can’t breathe.’
Kious Kelly sent his sister Marya Sherron a heart-wrenching final text as he lay dying at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City’s Upper East Side, adding: ‘I love you. Going back to sleep.’
Sherron told the New York Post that her brother had informed her of his Covid-19 diagnosis 10 days earlier on March 17, but that he expected to recover.
He died on Tuesday night.
Sherron said: ‘He told me he had the coronavirus.
‘He was in ICU but he thought he was okay. He didn’t think it was serious as it was.’
Kelly suffered from serious asthma, but was otherwise healthy. He worked at Mount Sinai West in Hell’s Kitchen, with the hospital hitting the headlines after staff there were forced to wear trash bags to try and protect themselves from coronavirus infection.
News of his death was announced after shocking photos were shared on social media showing three nurses at Mount Sinai West wearing large, black trash bags that had been repurposed into makeshift protective gear, amid claims the facility had run out of proper gowns.
The post was captioned: ‘NO MORE GOWNS IN THE WHOLE HOSPITAL,’and showed one of the nurses holding an open box of Hefty ‘Strong’ 33-gallon garbage bags.
It continued: ‘NO MORE MASKS AND REUSING THE DISPOSABLE ONES… NURSES FIGURING IT OUT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS.’
Workers at Mount Sinai West have since blamed Kelly’s death on lack of supplies, with one colleague telling the Post: ‘Kious didn’t deserve this. The hospital should be held responsible. The hospital killed him.’
Another worker claimed that hospital had ‘issues with supplies for about a year now,’ and even got ‘to the point where we had to hide our own supplies and go to other units looking for stuff because even the supply room would have nothing most of the times.’
That worker added: ‘But when we started getting Covid patients it became critical.
‘We had to reuse our masks, gowns and the (face) shield. We were told you get one for the entire time until this is over.’
A Mount Sinai spokesman denied claims staff were given inadequate protection.
The United States now has 83,545 coronavirus diagnoses – more than any other country in the world – and 1,201 deaths.
New York is the US coronavirus capital, with 37,258 diagnoses and 385 deaths.
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