Suzanne Hoylaerts, a 90-year-old-Belgium woman, passed away after telling doctors to save ventilator for the young.
This granny from the town of Binkom was first brought to see a doctor by her daughter when she experienced problems with breathing and started losing her appetite. She was soon put into a hospital and tested for COVID-19. The results turned positive and she was placed in isolation as a result.
Suzanne told the doctors,
“I don’t want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life.”
Due to low oxygen concentration, Suzanne needed a critical treatment.
According to the Belgian newspaper Belhat Laatste Nieuws, she died on March 22, only a few days after being admitted to the hospital.
Judith, Suzanne`s mother, revealed that her mother was admitted to hospital last year for pneumonia, lived by herself, and took the lockdown very seriously. This left people to wonder how she got the infection in the first place.
Before she was isolated, Judit said her mom told her, “You must not cry. You did everything you could.”
“I can’t say goodbye to her, and I don’t even have a chance to attend her funeral,” Judith said after her mother’s passing.
Funerals, weddings, and events alike are being cancelled worldwide as the governments do anything they can in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Health experts around the world are having difficulties regarding the lack of ventilators, as they try to save the lives of the people who are in a critical condition.
So far, Belgium has had 12,775 confirmed cases as of March 31, as per Johns Hopkins University.