Nurse, 53, who was twice refused a coronavirus test, was found dead of COVID-19
A nurse was found dead of COVID-19 alone in her home, just days after she was twice denied a test because she did not show severe symptoms.
The nurse was treating a patient at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She believed she contracted the virus, but since she didn’t show severe symptoms, no one took her seriously. A few days later, they found her dead in her Michigan home, as reported by Mail Online.
Last Wednesday, days before Lisa Ewald was about to celebrate her 54th birthday, a friend of hers found her lifeless body inside her living room in Dearborn, Michigan.
Lisa’s friends and family describe her as a happy and optimistic person. She was also known to have asthma.
Although her condition was underlying, Ewald was willing to put her own life at risk to help others.
Her niece, Candace Ewald, shared with WXYZ-TV:
“She dedicated her life to obviously healthcare and helping other people, but also to my grandmother.”
Joseph Lenard, a friend of the late woman, says that she gave no concern for herself, but for the people around her. Lisa was loved not only by her friends and family but also by the staff of the hospital she worked at. Wright Lassiter III, CEO of the Henry Ford Health System, expressed his condolences:
“There are not adequate words to describe how saddened we are. Our hearts ache for our employee’s family, friends and colleagues.
As health care providers on the front lines of this pandemic, we know we are not immune to its traumatic effects. We continue to fight with every resource we have to protect our employees and provide the safest care to our patients.”
Lisa Ewald had been a member of the Ford Hospital’s staff for the past 20 years. She was working there as a nurse, and as per Detroit Free Press, she most recently specialized in post-surgery rehab.
Ewald’s niece and nephew, Mandi and Micah Standifer describe her as a ‘nerd in the best way’. Their aunt loved visiting Motor City Comic-Con, especially for Star Trek and the Harry Potter franchise. They couldn’t believe Lisa didn’t beat the disease, since as they say, ‘she was so full of life’.
Mandi Standifer, Lisa’s 32-year-old niece, told the Free Press that her aunt believed that she contracted the deadly virus while treating a patient who would later test positive. Ewald shared with her niece she wasn’t wearing a mask while interacting with the patient.
After treating this person, Lisa asked the hospital staff to be tested for COVID-19 twice in late March.
Unfortunately, she was rejected being tested both of the times because her symptoms were not severe enough.
Her other niece, Carly Ewald, told FOX 2 Detroit that her aunt lost her sense of smell and taste as her condition deteriorated.
Sadly, by the time Ewald managed to get tested, it was too late. Candace Ewald, another one of Lisa’s nieces said:
“She just loved the family and she just loved everybody and she just wanted to make sure everybody was okay all the time. She always wanted to make sure everybody was okay.”
This tragic case raised many questions about testing employees. The Henry Ford Health System’s response was:
“Regarding employee testing, we adhere strictly to the CDC guidelines. Currently, the CDC recommends testing employees only when they become symptomatic.”
In the past weekend, Michigan has been shaken over the deaths of two other healthcare professionals who contracted COVID-19.
The first one was Divinia Accad, 72, a long-time nurse at the VA’s John D. Dingell Medical Center in Detroit. She lost her life to complications of the coronavirus. Another nurse, James House, 40, working at a Detroit nursing home, died last week after falling ill. Before dying, House exhibited symptoms of the virus, including shortness of breath, dry cough, and a low-grade fever.
By April 6th, the coronavirus cases in Michigan are 15,718, with 617 deaths. In the United States, the numbers are horrifying: 336,862 total cases and 9,625 deaths.
Tragically, these numbers are real people with real-life stories. Lisa Ewald was a loving nurse who lost her life to the deadly virus while saving the lives of others.