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Coronavirus: Nurse sends heartbreaking message to sister, dies of coronavirus

New York nurse Kious Jordan Kelly died this week after contracting coronavirus. Now, his sister has shared his heartbreaking final text messages.

New York City nurse Kious Jordan Kelly, 48, died of coronavirus on Tuesday, after spending weeks treating COVID-19 patients.

On March 18, he sent a final text to his sister Marya Sherron while on a ventilator in the intensive care unit, saying: “Can’t talk because I choke and can’t breathe. I love you.”

Working as an assistant nursing manager at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai West – where a lack of protective equipment forced nurses to wear trash bags – saw him exposed to the disease that eventually took his life.

“I absolutely believe that he contracted this because of the lack of PPE in his unit and at his hospital — but that’s across our nation,” Ms Sherron said to NBC, referring to personal protective equipment, which can include masks, gowns and gloves.

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Coronavirus: Nurse sends heartbreaking message to sister, dies of coronavirus

Kious Jordan Kelly, an Emergency Room nurse at the Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York, died Tuesday, March 24. Picture: Marya Sherron/APSource:AP

The heartbreaking text exchange between siblings shortly before Mr Kelly's death. Picture: NBCSource:Supplied

Mr Kelly suffered from severe asthma but was otherwise healthy.

His sister is urging the public to recognise that health workers are placing themselves at risk to protect and treat the community, and warns others will suffer the same fate as her brother if hospitals do not protect their staff.

“There’s only going to be more,” Ms Sherron said.

“He’s not the only one with asthma. He’s not the only one with conditions who is going to work every day helping and fighting for people.”

Ms Sherron revealed to the NY Post that her brother’s condition deteriorated rapidly.

“He told my parents that he was positive and had corona. Three days later he sent me a text message and shared that he was in the ICU and on a ventilator and he couldn’t talk or he would choke so he was having trouble breathing. Six days later he died.”

Kious Jordan Kelly's sister, Marya Sherron. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

This photo caused waves on social media, alerting the public to the shortages health workers were facing on the job. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

Mount Sinai released a statement following the nurse’s death.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff,” the statement read.

“Today, we lost another hero — a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver.

“The safety of our staff and patients has never been of greater importance and we are taking every precaution possible to protect everyone.”

Mr Kelly’s death came after photos emerged of hospital workers wearing garbage bags due to the shortage of protective gear available to them.

Lucia Lee, the senior director of media for the Mount Sinai Health System, refuted claims that staff are working without appropriate gear.

“We always provide all our staff with the critically important PPE they need to safely do their job,” she said.

“If an individual does not have their proper PPE, they do not go on the floor, period. Any suggestion otherwise is simply not accurate.”

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it is really sad to hear such thing... but the fact remains Fact... we lost One more true hero / warrior in this epic battle... RIP.. God give Strength to your family, loved ones and Friends who miss you... Your dedication will not go in Vain... At the of Battle we wanted see you.. but the Lord had different plan may he called coz he want to prepare you for More worst situation and send you like warrior for next Battle fully prepared.. Miss you...,😔

2 Months ago


Rreally 2020 very bad ,worst year ever 😣🙁😞....RIP

17 Hours ago


You are a true hero, we salute u

1 Months ago

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