A frontline nurse has shared her heartbreak over losing a 14-year-old patient who died of COVID-19 after her anti-vaxxer parents forbid doctors from intubating her.
Twitter user @Jessicam6946, who is a nurse practitioner in the intensive care unit, revealed in a recent thread that they had four patients die of COVID in one shift, saying each of their deaths could have been prevented if they had been vaccinated.
‘Tonight I helplessly held the hand of and stroked the hair of a beautiful 14-year-old girl as she exited this world. She was looking forward to starting high school and eventually becoming a veterinarian. It was so senseless!’ she tweeted on Saturday.
Heartbreaking: Twitter user @Jessicam6946, who is a nurse practitioner in the intensive care unit, revealed in a thread that they had four patients die of COVID in one shift (Stock Image)
Terrible loss: She explained that one of the losses was a 14-year-old girl whose anti-vaxxer parents refused to let doctors intubate her when she took a turn for the worse
‘I truly believe she could have been saved if her parents had not forbidden us from intubating her. A free vaccination would have prevented it all! This little girl was robbed of her whole life and of fulfilling all of her dreams.’
Jessica said the girl had been with them for nine days and had been able to communicate with the hospital staff until she took a ‘turn for the worse’ the day before.
‘About two hours later we were unable to save a 25-year-old mother of one who was 15 weeks pregnant,’ the nurse continued. ‘She had refused the vaccines because of the lies about them causing infertility and harming her baby.
‘Liars killed her, her baby, and robbed a two-year-old little boy of his mommy and sibling. Not to mention robbing a husband of his wife and child.’
Jessica said those were just two of the four deaths they had that night, noting the oldest person was only 45 years old.
‘It was the first time since late March we have lost more than three COVID patients in a single shift,’ she added. ‘Then we find out this morning a coworker had two of her tires cut in one of our employee parking lots overnight!
‘Fortunately, security caught and was able to detain the a**hole until police arrived and took him into custody.’
Frustrated: Thousands of people have commented on the thread, with many sharing their outrage over the unnecessary deaths that have occurred over vaccination misinformation
Jessica ended the Twitter thread by slamming former President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Dr. Joseph Mercola, and Robert Kennedy Jr. for helping fuel the anti-vax movement during the pandemic.
‘F**k the big orange buffoon, DeSantis, Facebook, Fox News, antivaxxers, Magas, Dr. Mercola, Robert Kennedy Jr., all parents who believe these killers over proven science, and ALL other killers who spread anti vaccine lies,’ she wrote. ‘I can’t deal with people right now! I love you guys!’
Just days after Jessica’s tweets slamming anti-vaxxers, the U.S. reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March.
On Tuesday, officials recorded 1,004 deaths with a seven-day rolling average of 710, which is a 159 percent increase over the last month and the highest number seen since April 20.
This brings the death toll from the pandemic to just 623,329 people, the highest number officially reported by any country in the world.
Nearly all of the COVID deaths in the U.S. are now among the unvaccinated.
The South remains the epicenter of the latest outbreak, with Florida reporting a record of nearly 26,000 new cases per day last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Rising: On Tuesday, the U.S. recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day for the first time since mid-March, bringing the death toll to 623,329
Outbreak: Cases also rose with 128,902 new cases of the virus reported on Tuesday with a seven-day rolling average of 137,058, a 269% increase from the seven-day average of 37,056 recorded one month ago
Like many other countries, the Indian ‘Delta’ variant has presented a major challenge.
The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 was 1,834 as of Tuesday morning and is rising across the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This is a trend health experts attribute to the Delta variant being more likely to infect children than the original K ‘Alpha’ strain.
Jessica’s tweet marking the death of her 14-year-old patient has received more than 116,000 likes and has been retweeted over 30,000 times.
Thousands of people have commented on the thread, with many sharing their outrage over the number of unnecessary deaths that have resulted from misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
‘What kind of parents prevent their child from intubation??’ one person asked, while another added: ‘I can’t even begin to [imagine] what it is to live day to day trying so desperately to save those who refuse the vaccine, especially the children who had no say either way.’
Someone else shared: ‘I am so sorry. I have no idea why you still put up with all this … but the majority of us are grateful for you and your faithful work.’