‘We Just Thought It Was A Flu’-Family Of Nurse Who Died Of Coronavirus Narrates

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'We Just Thought It Was A Flu'-Family Of Nurse Who Died Of Coronavirus Narrates

The sad story of a registered nurse at Tygerberg Hospital, Thokozani Makaula,38 who died of Coronavirus has dominated headlines in South Africa.

According to the family of the deceased nurse, they noticed that Makaula developed flu-like symptoms three weeks ago but they didn’t read too much meaning into it.

The sister of the deceased nurse, Nolindo Makaula said the family thought it was a normal flu and they were relaxed about it because she had already tested Negative for coronavirus.

“We thought that it’s just flu that we all get around this time of the year. We were kind of relaxed about it as she had just tested negative for Covid-19 two weeks earlier after she came into contact with colleagues that had the virus,” Nolindo Makaula disclosed.

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Nolindo further revealed that even after she was turned away by a private doctor who wouldn’t treat her, the single mother of three still went home to rest with her three children, aged between three and 18.

Makaula admits that the penny dropped that her sister might have Covid-19 after she developed shortness of breath at home and had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance.

“The day (May 20) she was admitted was the last time we saw her. It’s weird that she is the one who passed on due to Covid-19 when she was the one who always educated and warned us about the virus.”

She described her sister, who was diabetic, as the “strongest one in the family”.

“She is the one who always gave us hope. Even when she was in hospital she always assured us that she was going to be OK and couldn’t wait to go home and be with her children.

“I feel bad enough that we couldn’t be there for her … she died all alone despite helping others heal through her work as a nurse. I don’t know how to tell her youngest child, who is only three, that ‘your mother is no more’. It hurts so much.” She added.

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