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90-Year-Old Woman Dies From Coronavirus To Save Younger Patients

With a lack of medical equipment and PPE impacting hospitals around the world, one 90-year-old woman with coronavirus died after she told doctors to save a ventilator, that was offered to her, for younger patients.

“I don’t want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life,” she reportedly told doctors.

As Belgian publication 7sur7 reports, Suzanne Hoylaerts tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in isolation, but she turned down the option to use a ventilator that could have possibly saved her life.

Hoylaerts, who was from Binkom, Belgium, had low oxygen concentration levels prior to her death and was in need of critical treatment. She passed away on Mar. 22, just two days after she was admitted to the hospital. In 2019, she was hospitalized for pneumonia.

As of this week, Belgium has over 12,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and over 700 deaths as a result of the virus. Ventilator shortages have heavily impacted hospitals in the United States, too, with medical professionals showcasing concern over how underprepared hospitals are to deal with the pandemic.

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