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Florida Nurse 33, Died After Treating Coronavirus Patients Without Face Mask by katty : April 15, 2020, 04:24:41 AM
A Florida nurse has died after her husband said she treated coronavirus patients without being given a face mask.

Danielle DiCenso, 33, a travelling nurse stationed in the ICU unit at Palemetto General Hospital, started showing COVID-19 symptoms two weeks after working long shifts with infected patients without the protective gear.

Her husband David found her dead in her living room on Thursday after she placed herself in quarantine and her condition rapidly deteriorated.

He claims staff at the hospital didn't give her the right equipment, and now their four-year-old son is without a mother.

DiCenso is the latest frontline healthcare worker to die amid concerns of a shortage of vital equipment.

According to data revealed Tuesday, between 10 percent and 20 percent of U.S. coronavirus cases are health care workers, though they tended to be hospitalized at lower rates than other patients.

'She always puts people first before her,' her husband told WTCJ.

'She showed up for work one day and they didn't have a mask for her.'

'It really broke her heart that she couldn't perform her job at a place she felt safe at,″ he added.

'She had lots and lots of text messages between her and coworkers saying they were not properly equipped and (Palmetto officials were not) representing what was really going on at the hospitals.'

The nurse took a COVID-19 test on March 23 but it came back inconclusive and so she began self-isolating in her living room and didn't return to the hospital.

She began showing symptoms on March 25 as the hospital continued to call her and see if she could come to work.

Her condition continued to worsen with a bad fever and a cough until David found his wife dead on Thursday morning.

She had no pre-existing conditions.

'It was a rough four- or five-day struggle between that,' he said.

'Her fever spiked, it came on in waves.'

'Just by looking at her, I knew that she wasn't her lively self,' David told WPLG.

'She looked so peaceful. She looked like she just went in her sleep.'

He said he is 'very mad' at the lack of personal protective equipment made available to her, claiming that she may still be here if she hadn't been forced to work without a face mask.

'I know for a fact that my wife would still be here right now if she was given the proper protective equipment,' he said.

'I'm very upset.

'My 4-year-old son's not gonna have a mother.'

He adds that he is concerned other healthcare workers are not being provided adequate protection and continue to put their lives at risk.

'The people on the front lines, these are our modern-day infantry,' he said.

'The nurses and doctors, they are the ones on the front lines and we're not giving them ammunition ... People who are supposed to be taking care of the people getting sick are the people that are dying now.' reached out to Palemetto General Hospital for comment about DiCenso's death and her husband's claims and were directed toward their PPE policy. 

“Nurses are provided appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. We are very focused on minimizing staff exposures in our hospital,' Palmetto General Hospital spokeswoman Shelly Weiss wrote in an email.

'All employees at our hospital are temperature checked upon arrival, wear a mask during patient care and are required to notify employee health if they become symptomatic. They are not permitted to work in the hospital caring for patients if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.'

According to Local 10 News, the medical examiner is going to test her remains for COVID-19.

'Her passing was sudden and very tragic due what we believed to be COVID-19,' her sister Ashley Kuchciak wrote on a GoFundMe page established for funeral expenses.

'Danielle was working as an ICU nurse on the front lines risking her life for the lives of others.'

If confirmed, she will become the first health care worker identified publicly and the youngest person to have died in Palm Beach County.

The news of her death comes after another nurse sometimes assigned to Palmetto General died on April 5.

Earl Bailey, 56, was also said to have been healthy and active but tested positive for coronavirus.

'His breathing went bad,' his daughter Sashia Bailey told the Sun Sentinel.

'He died right after, before the ambulance could even be called.

'My father was very strong and felt he could beat it,' she added of the father of five.

'He was very healthy, he worked out every day, even at Florida Medical Center, he would round up the nurses and go exercise.

'He felt he was healthy and he wanted to save the space for somebody else.'

His fiancé has also contracted the virus and 'is having a hard time breathing and catching her breath'.


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