A mother of two has died of a heart attack because she was too scared to go to the hospital for fear of catching Covid.
Joanne Mills experienced chest pain earlier this month but refused to go to the hospital because she was concerned about contracting the virus.
The 44-year-old did not want to call a doctor either, because she thought it was pointless as it was just a telephone consultation.
She died of a heart attack on October 14 after paramedics resuscitated her 15 times in an ambulance outside her home in Rainham, Essex.
Joanne's death comes as:
- Great Britain recorded an additional 18,804 coronavirus cases and 80 deaths on Monday;
- A government report predicted up to 25,000 deaths would have come in the first six months of the pandemic due to health care delays;
- Cardiologists say 700 Britons died unexpectedly every week from a heart event or a heart condition such as heart attack and stroke at the height of the pandemic.
- Life-saving treatment for thousands of cancer patients was delayed when the pandemic hit.
Daniel Beal, 47, (left) with his partner Joanne Mills, 44, (right), who died of a heart attack after refusing to go to the hospital for chest pain because she was afraid to hide
Mr Beal with the couple's two children, Jordan, now 19, and Jennifer, now 17, when they were younger
Joanne is another tragic victim of the pandemic and another reminder of the toll this virus is taking on the nation.
you Partner Daniel Beal, 47, said: “My Joanne is a statistic in the eyes of the government. That's what it feels like But it is not for me. & # 39;
On Thursday UK recorded an additional 21,242 positive tests and 189 deaths as both infections and deaths continue to creep up.
However, there are warnings that thousands of other people have died from missed or late treatment.
The UK today announced an additional 21,242 positive tests and 189 deaths
Major surgeries were canceled and patients missed potentially life-saving therapy in the spring as the fight against Covid-19 became the sole focus of healthcare.
Patients also hesitated to rush to hospital fearing both stressing the NHS and taking in the coronavirus, experts claim.
At the start of the pandemic, a report by experts from the Department of Health and Social Affairs, the Department of National Statistics, the Department of Actuarial Science and the Department of the Interior predicted that up to 25,000 deaths would have occurred in the first six months from delays in the health care system .
And it looks like this figure could spiral how A number of hospitals have already started canceling non-urgent operations.
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is scaling back scheduled procedures, while University Hospitals Plymouth Trust said it had temporarily suspended the non-critical scheduled surgery at Derriford Hospital.
Kelly Smith, 31, was informed by her doctors in March that her chemotherapy was suspended for three months – but her cancer spread and she died on June 13
Dr. Sonya Babu-Narayan, Assistant Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, estimates the Coronavirus lockdown resulted in an additional 3,600 deaths from preventable heart disease and strokes.
The cardiologist claimed 700 Britons died unexpectedly each week of a heart event or a heart disease such as heart attack and stroke at the height of the pandemic.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also previously warned that cancer patients may only be guaranteed timely treatment in the coming months if Covid-19 remains "under control".
"Now I won't see my daughters grow up"
Life in March couldn't have been better for elementary school teacher Jennifer Eldridge.
She and her husband Jonathan had just bought their first house, he had been promoted in his civil service, and their older daughter was taking up her reception class.
At Easter the active, healthy 40-year-old got back pain.
It was impossible to get a face-to-face appointment at the local practice, and it even took a month to get an online consultation. She was prescribed pain medication.
Four months later, Ms. Eldridge was finally referred for a colonoscopy for a blood test she eventually saw – and a counselor said he saw what appeared to be a tumor.
Jennifer Eldridge, who has stage 4 colon cancer, is pictured with her daughters Lina (five) and Jasmine (two)
Professionals told her she had stage 4 colon cancer that appeared to have spread to her lungs and she had come to terms with a final diagnosis.
She believes that without the pandemic, she could have been diagnosed earlier – which increases her chances of daughters Lina (five) and Jasmine (two) at least reaching their teens.
Ms. Eldridge, from Bristol said: “I was told that my cancer has likely spread to my lungs, which means it is incurable and I could only live two more years.
"If I could have seen my GP sooner, if these supposedly" non-urgent "tests had been done … the cancer might not have had a chance to spread. Suddenly having your future as a family ripped out of your hands is the worst. I won't be there with Jonathan to guide Lina and Jasmine through their childhood. & # 39;
The couple have launched an appeal to help pay for treatments that are not covered by the NHS.
To donate, visit: uk.gofundme.com/f/mu6nw-help-me-beat-cancer
It comes after the death of Kelly Smith, a 31-year-old esthetician who died after having stopped chemotherapy to treat her colon cancer for three months. Her cancer spread and she died on June 13th.
Kelly's case is not unique and neither is Joannes.
Joanne, a former private ambulance driver, suffered from anxiety and depression and also suffered from PTSD after a car accident in 2018.
At the beginning of May this year she lost her father to a heart attack.
Mr Beal believes her mental health issues contributed to her paranoia about the pandemic.
He suggested the government for its handling of the pandemic as well as for its "scaremongering".
He claimed that "all the changing rules" increase people's insecurity and result in a wide variety of people suffering from poor mental health.
"The scaremongering that this government does every day is harmful," he said.
“You have to wake up and realize that.
Think about the people who lived through World War II – they had real leaders and it felt like they were working to do what is best for everyone in the country.
“If this lot is there and it tells us we are at a war, then act that way.
"The parties need to work together in times like these."
Joanne first complained of chest pain a few days before her death, but when she continued to burp and the pain disappeared shortly afterwards, she wrote it off as a digestive disorder.
Her partner and two children Jennifer, 17 years old and 19 year old Jordan, encouraged her to get medical help, but she declined.
Mr Beal said, "We all told her to see a doctor, but she thought," What was the point, the doctor would just give a consultation over the phone. "
"And she was worried if she went to the hospital she would come out with coronavrirus."
On the evening of her death, Mr. Beal remembers her "chatting and laughing" and there was no indication that she was sick.
He was going to his neighbour's house to have a chat when his daughter came in and said Joanne was sick.
He found her sick and chest pain in an upstairs bathroom. He called 111.
When Joanne explained that the pain was rising in her neck, 111 sent an ambulance.
A first responder was in attendance and decided she should go to the hospital for an electrocardiogram, which reads your heart's electrical signal to check for various conditions.
When an ambulance arrived to take her to Bart & # 39; s Hospital in London, Joanne was able to go down the stairs and put on her own shoes.
But when she got into the ambulance, her condition worsened.
“She got in the ambulance and went there and then,” recalls Mr. Beal.
& # 39; She crashed. The paramedics brought her back 15 times. There were five fast-reacting vehicles on the ambulance and I saw them all bring out various pieces of equipment to help her. «
Joanne was resuscitated and Mr. Beal was allowed to see her before paramedics drove her to Basildon Hospital as it was closer to her Essex home.
"I went to her and I think she knew," said Mr. Beal.
I told her not to worry about me or the children and to take care of herself.
& # 39; But she said, "I'm going, I'm going again Danny". And she went. & # 39;
Destroyed IT engineer Mr. Beal is now raising funds to raise the cost of Joanne's funeral after being told that his contract with PWC will end at the end of this month.
He wrote on his GoFundMe page: "Joanne was only 44 years old when she died of a serious heart attack. I know that this could have been so easily avoided if Covid-19 wasn't around."
The dying mother, whose lung cancer spread to her brain after surgery to treat the disease, was canceled: "You need to stop just focusing on Covid."
A mother of two whose lung cancer spread to her brain after her surgery was stopped said: "The NHS should apply to everyone, not just Covid patients."
Beth Purvis, 41, said, “My prognosis is not good. I have probably four months to a year left to live. & # 39;
Ms. Purvis had planned to have a tumor removed from her right lung on March 25th. However, this was canceled within the pandemic with just one week's notice.
Beth Purvis & # 39; lung cancer, mother of two (pictured with husband Richard and children Joseph, 12) and Abigail (10), spread to her brain after her surgery was stopped
She said, “I was devastated, I just burst into tears. It's a critical operation because it could help me buy time.
“I will never know if this operation could have saved my life. It could have done. But it was canceled, and then I found out in late May that it had spread to my brain. & # 39;
Ms. Purvis said she and her husband Richard, a painter and decorator, had always spoken to their children Joseph, 12 and Abigail, ten, about their treatment.
She said, “It was then that I understood why the hospital needed to vacate beds. But that didn't make it any easier. My message to the health service is not to just focus on Covid. The government didn't make it as clear as it could. & # 39;
Ms. Purvis, a paralegal from Essex, added, “Who knows what's going to happen. I have to stay positive.
"If I can help prevent someone else from going through this, what happened to me didn't happen without a reason."
"I had to bring our wedding forward": The mother of two has no idea how long she will have to live after cervical cancer chemotherapy was stopped during lockdown
Maxine Smith is looking forward to marrying her builder Mike Peacock.
She moved the wedding forward to next week because she has no idea how long they'll be together.
Miss Smith, 32, mother of George, seven, and Mia, five, were diagnosed with cervical cancer two years ago.
32-year-old Maxine Smith has moved her wedding to her builder Mike Peacock to next week because she has no idea how long they will be together
She was in the middle of chemotherapy when the country closed in March.
The former hairdresser stopped this treatment and was declared tumor free, but a drug trial to keep the disease at bay has been stopped.
Last month she discovered that the cancer had returned. She says that patients like her have remained like "sitting ducks".
& # 39; Everything was put on hold because of Covid (but) cancer ate my body. I now have four tumors. Lockdown … allowed my cancer to progress and stole my precious time. I just want to see my kids through school, I just want more time. & # 39;
Miss Smith of Cheadle, Manchester added: “I still work, I pay my taxes, but I was deserted when Covid came.
"I've never been so disgusted in my life."
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