She knew her end was near, but didn’t want to take someone else’s place. Suzanne, 90, was killed by coronavirus last week in northeastern Belgium. She left after being the author of a heroic act, leaving her ventilator a patient younger than her.
At the very beginning of her illness, in mid-March, Suzanne presented no particularly disturbing symptoms: neither fever nor cough, but simply a loss of appetite. Ten days later, the Belgian started to feel a weight on a shoulder, but thought she had slept in a bad position. As she also had slight shortness of breath, her daughter preferred to take her to see a doctor. She has had pneumonia in the past and was admitted to hospital this time last year. So we wanted to avoid that, said Judith last week Het Laatste Nieuws.
You did everything you could
Suzanne’s oxygen saturation rate being too low, she had to be hospitalized. Once her mother was taken care of by the nursing staff, Judith had to say goodbye to her because of the restrictive measures. You must not cry. You did everything you could. I had a good life, said the nonagnaire his daughter. It was by phone that Judith learned that her mother had contracted the coronavirus. The next day at the end of the day, Suzanne was tinted.
The caregivers told Judith that her mom had refused the respirator. Keep this for the youngest. I already had a good life, she assured the doctors. A choice that does not surprise her daughter: She is our spitting mom: always ready to help others, marvels Judith, who was not allowed to attend her burial, restrictions oblige.
In Belgium, where the provisional assessment shows 705 victims of the coronavirus, 93% of the deaths concern people over 65 years old. Rarely, a 12-year-old girl died on Monday. In this country of 11.4 million inhabitants, the authorities recorded Tuesday 12,775 confirmed cases. The figure of 705 dead represents a jump of almost 40% compared to the 513 counted Monday by the crisis unit of the health authorities.