The pandemic has led to a global shortage of ventilators and other medical equipment. Ventilators are crucial in the treatment of severe respiratory diseases, COVID-19 being one of them.
Amid the outbreak, heartwarming stories of humanity, dedication and sacrifice have been pouring in from around the world.
A 90-year-old woman infected with coronavirus, died in Belgium after refusing the use of ventilator for her treatment. Reports suggest that she asked the doctors to save the ventilator for younger patients.
She apparently told her doctors:
I don't want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life.
Suzanne Hoylaerts, 90, sick from #COVID2019 refused the breathing assistance. She told the doctors : "I had a good life, keep it for the younger ones".— Nicolas Quénel (@NicolasQuenel) March 27, 2020
She died few days ago.
We will not forget her sacrifice.https://t.co/UH2odgAH5t
The woman, Suzanne Hoylaerts, was hospitalised on 20th March when her condition deteriorated after contracting coronavirus. She died two days later.
Speaking to Fox News, her daughter said that she took the lockdown quite seriously, but still got infected with the virus.
Netizens hailed her as a hero after her story went viral on social media.
May God hold her tenderly in his arms. I would like to believe that I would do the same, after having lived a blessed and wonderful life.— Linda Poynter (@wwwmagoo) March 31, 2020
This made me cry!, may she rest in peace, and praying for her family!— Mark leach (@Marklea70809822) March 31, 2020
She’s truly an angel— Chitown9 (@Mattrunde22) April 1, 2020
We're not crying, you are.