A 90-Year Old Woman Dies From Covid-19 After Leaving a Respirator for Young Patients saying that she “had good life”



"I don't want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life." The old woman reportedly told doctors.


Suzanne Hoylaerts, a 90-years old woman from Lubbeek, Belgium, was tested positive of Coronavirus and refused to use a respiratory aid device from the medical team because she felt the device was more needed by younger patients…



Suzanne Hoylaerts, 90, from Lubbeek in Belgium, turned down medical help (Image: Twitter)


The story of Suzanne started around three weeks ago when she fell ill after losing her appetite and feeling short of breath, but with no coughing or fever.
Her daughter Judith decided to take her to the doctor earlier last month.
In interview with a local Belgian newspaper “Het Laatste Nieuws”, Judith said: "She had pneumonia and was hospitalized last year."
She was referred to hospital where the doctor in charge said her oxygen saturation was too low.
The 90-year old woman was tested positive of the current pandemic and doctors decided to ban on visitors, Suzanne's daughter wasn't allowed to see her mother, who was treated alone in an emergency room.
Suzanne’s last words to her daughter were: "You can't cry. You did everything you could. I had a good life."
Judith said her mother passed away on March 21, a day after she was arrived to hospital.
"The doctors told me that he refused to use respirators," she said.
The daughter said her family still don't know how Suzanne was infected with the coronavirus.
"My mother took the lockdown seriously," she said,
"When I took her to the hospital on Friday, we thought she had mild pneumonia."
Suzanne’s daughter stated that the hardest part was that she couldn't be with her mother when she died.
"I can't say goodbye to her, and I don't even have a chance to attend her funeral," she said.
Belgium has almost 20,814 confirmed coronavirus cases, after a surge of more than 1,260 in the past day.
So far, 1,632 people have died in Belgium, up 141 in one day, a large rise in a country of fewer than 12 million people.

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