THERE is deep mourning at Samut Sakhon Hospital today (August 2) for a 45-year-old professional nurse who worked at the male internal medicine building and died of Covid infection last night, TV Channel 7 said.
Dr. Anukul Thaitanand, the hospital’s director, said Ms. Uraiwan Chantraplin started having symptoms on July 25, coming down with fever, cough and sore throat, and got a positive test result the next day.
She was admitted to the hospital the following day, July 27, because she had to take care of her mother and niece who were later found to also be infected and are now undergoing treatment at this hospital.
While undergoing treatment she became very fatigued and needed oxygen so was placed in an ICU ward then sent to Ratchawithi Hospital for further treatment.
Sadly she died peacefully at 9 p.m.last night.
Dr. Anukul said the deceased nurse had received her first Sinovac jab on July 20 but that was less than a week before she got infected and her immune response had not built up.
This is the first medical personnel at this hospital to have died from around 200 infected since June 15, 2021. However most of them do not have severe symptoms.
Ms. Kitima Limprasert, the hospital’s deputy director of nursing, said Ms. Uraiwan was a model nurse and showed great determination in performing her duties. She was good natured and always smiling thus loved by everyone.
While her death saddens the medical team, they are not discouraged as for them the greater the problem the stronger is their fighting spirit, she added.
Today Samut Sakhon province had 1,252 new patients, adding up 50,906 cases, with 30,911 having recovered while 19,855 are undergoing treatment. There were eight new fatalities taking the provincial death toll to 140.
Ms. Uraiwan Chantraplin who is called an angel in white by all those who knew her. Thai headline says, “Mourning for angel in white outfit.” Photo: TV Channel 7