Suzanne Hoylaerts from Lubbeek, Belgium, refused to use a respiratory aid device from the medical team because she felt the device was more needed by younger patients.
An old woman has died from coronavirus after refusing to use a respirator because she had already “had an honest life”.
Suzanne Hoylaerts, 90, from Lubbeek in Belgium, turned down medical help, saying that the devices should be reserved for younger patients.
She fell ill Two week ago after losing her appetite and feeling in need of breath, but with no coughing or fever.
Her daughter Judith took her to the doctor earlier in March.
Speaking to Belgian publication Het Laatste Nieuws, Judith said: “She had pneumonia and was hospitalised last year.”
She was taken to a hospital where the doctor responsible said her oxygen saturation was too low.
After being diagnosed with coronavirus, Suzanne’s daughter wasn’t allowed to stay with her mother, who was treated alone in an Emergency room.
Her last words to her daughter were: “You can’t cry. you probably did everything you could. I had a good life.”
Judith said her mother died on March 21, a day after she was admitted to hospital.
“The doctors told me that he refused to use respirators,” she said.
Suzanne reportedly told doctors: “I don’t need to use Artificial Respiration. reserve it for younger patients. I already had an honest life.
Judith said her family still do not know how Suzanne was infected with the Covid-19 virus.
“My mother took the lockdown seriously,” she said,
“When I took her to the hospital on Friday, we thought she had mild pneumonia.”
Judith said the toughest part was that she couldn’t be together with her mother when she died.
“I can’t say goodbye to her, and that i don’t even have an opportunity to attend her funeral,” she said.
Belgium has almost 12,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, after a surge of quite 1,000 in the past day.
So far, 513 people have died in Belgium, up 82 in one day, an outsized rise in a country of fewer than 12 million people.