Teacher dies of COVID-19 after she was denied tests twice, family says

Teacher dies of COVID-19 after she was denied tests twice, family says

- A teacher identified as Rana "Zoe" Mungin has died of coronavirus in Brooklyn

- Zoe's family says she was initially denied coronavirus test twice despite showing signs of the deadly disease

- Her sister who has worked as a nurse for 20 years says the healthcare system failed Zoe

A Brooklyn schoolteacher, Rana "Zoe" Mungin, has died from complications of coronavirus after she was initially denied tests, her family said.

The 30-year-old died on Monday, April 27, from the pandemic that has ravaged the world and brutalised New York City, NBC News reports.

The deceased's sister Mia Mungin said Zoe showed her first symptom - a fever - on March 12 and went to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn on March 15 but she was told that she could not be tested for coronavirus.

New York City teacher dies from COVID-19 after she was denied tests, family says

Rana "Zoe" Mungin. Photo credit: Within Nigeria
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Mia, who is a nurse, said: "I just feel like the health care system failed her on so many levels. The health care system failed us, something that I stood for for 20 years."

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Zoe's condition was said to have worsened, which prompted her family to call 911 on March 19.

According to loved ones, even after Zoe got to Brookdale that day, she was again denied coronavirus test.

"She said to me, 'Mia, they still don't want to test for me this virus.' 'He keeps telling me that my lungs are clear, even though I'm still short of breath,'" Mia recalled her sister saying.

Mia said she thought her sister was coming back home from where she was being taken care of because her condition was improving, only for her to take a sudden turn for the worse.

She said: "It's just a tough one to swallow right now. I really thought she was coming back home. She was doing so much better."

In other news, a granny aged 101 has become the latest centurion to beat the deadly coronavirus.

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Angelina Freedman from New York, US, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 and had been suffering on and off fevers for weeks.

She did not only beat coronavirus but also survived the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 and defeated cancer.

Her family hailed her as a superhuman as no disease could put her down having also experienced miscarriages and sepsis before.

The granny was living in a nursing home in New York and had been taken to the hospital for a different medical procedure when she was discovered to have contracted the virus.

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