NHS hospital worker, 42, with ‘heart of gold’ dies from coronavirus

AN NHS hospital worker known for having a "heart of gold" has died from coronavirus.

Healthcare assistant Jenelyn Carter, 42, worked at Morriston Hospital in Swansea when she caught the killer bug.

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Jenelyn, who was originally from the Philippines, was treated by her own colleagues before she died.

Swansea Bay University Health Board announced her death saying she was "well loved" by patients and colleagues.

A spokeswoman said: "We are deeply saddened to report that one of our healthcare assistants who was being treated for COVID-19 has died.

"Jenelyn Carter worked on the admissions ward at Morriston Hospital and was well loved by all her colleagues and patients."

Mark Madams, Morriston Hospital’s nurse director said: “Jenelyn would go the extra mile for anyone, and was a lovely caring person inside and out, with a heart of gold.

"We are devastated by her death and offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends.”

Her colleagues set up a GoFundMe for Jenelyn while she was fighting the virus explaining she was on a zero hour contract and was not entitled to sick pay.

They wrote: "We are asking for your help to support her financially at this difficult time as she has supported so many during her career.

"She is a wonderful girl and adored by her colleagues."

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Jenelyn's death comes as a nurse who dedicated her life to others has died of coronavirus.

Barbara Sage, 68, worked in palliative care for more than 40 years and spent the last 14 working for Marie Curie.

It is believed at least 50 NHS workers have died with Covid-19 in the UK so far.

Jenelyn's death comes as more than 15,464 people have died in UK hospitals of coronavirus.

But it is feared the number who have died is much higher, with the government's figures not currently including deaths in care homes, hospices or at home.

It comes as mum who worked for the NHS for 30 years has died after contracting coronavirus.

Julianne Cadby, 49, had worked in several roles at her health board in Cardiff, Wales across three decades and was a "much loved" member of her team.

This week, it was revealed that a retired NHS medic who worked on the frontline battling coronavirus had died from the disease.

Andrew Treble, 57, died at Wrexham Maeler Hospital after working as a theatre assistant amid the crisis gripping Britain.

Other NHS medics who have died after contracting the virus include Lourdes Campbell, a healthcare assistant with the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, died on Wednesday night after catching coronavirus.

And a pregnant NHS nurse died from coronavirus five days after her baby was saved by an emergency C-section.

Mary Agyapong, 28, who "devoted her life to the NHS", was taken to hospital on Tuesday last week showing signs of the killer disease and later tested positive for Covid-19.

She died at Luton and Dunstable Hospital on Easter Sunday.

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