A New York teacher who was twice diverted from the emergency room and who was told by the EMT that she “just had a panic attack” while struggling to breathe died of a coronavirus.
Rana Zoe Mungin, 30, died in hospital on Monday – more than six weeks after she first got sick with a fever and more than a month after being put on a ventilator.
The professor of social studies at Bushwick Ascend Middle School in Brooklyn becomes at least the 65th school worker and the 28th teacher in New York to be killed by the virus.
Her heartbroken sister announced Mungin’s tragic death on Twitter on Monday.
Rana Zoe Mungin, 30, died in hospital on Monday – more than six weeks after being sick for the first time with a fever and more than a month after being put on a ventilator
“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that my sister, Rana Zoe, died today at 12:25. due to COVID-19 complications, ”wrote Mia Mungin in the post.
“She fought a long fight but her body was too weak.
Mungin’s death comes after he was sent back to the emergency room twice before being finally hospitalized and tested for coronavirus.
Mungin is believed to have contracted the deadly virus after Mia, a registered nurse, returned to the home they shared with a fever on March 9 after working in a hospital.
A few days later, Mungin began to show symptoms of the virus.
Her condition worsened and her family called an ambulance at least once after finding it difficult to breathe and took her to the emergency room twice.
But, despite being particularly vulnerable to complications from the coronavirus due to underlying health conditions, including asthma and high blood pressure, doctors dismissed her symptoms and refused to test her for coronavirus.
The NYC teacher was twice diverted from the emergency room and the EMT told her that she “just had a panic attack” when she had trouble breathing before being finally hospitalized and tested for the virus. Mungin taught social studies at Bushwick Ascend Middle School in Brooklyn
Mungin is said to have contracted the deadly virus after Mia, a registered nurse (pictured together), returned to her feverish home on March 9 after working in a hospital
On one occasion, emergency responders even dismissed her complaints that she was having trouble breathing, “implying that she was having a panic attack, saying her lungs were clear,” Mia told PIX 11.
The 30-year-old was finally admitted to Brookdale Hospital on March 20 and put on a ventilator.
She then received the experimental malaria drug hydroxychloroquine touted by President Trump.
When it didn’t work, Mia lobbied for her sister to participate in clinical trials and Senator Chuck Schumer rushed into the case, writing a letter to the Food and Drug Administration for acceptance .
The teacher was then transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on March 27, where she began to show signs of improvement.
A month after using the respirator, she woke up and was transferred to a New Jersey hospital for patients who had stopped breathing.
A few days later, she died from complications from COVID-19.
Her devastated sister told Pix 11 that she wanted to be able to move places with her.
“I apologized for being there,” Mia told her sister the day before she died.
Mia lobbied for her sister to participate in clinical trials and Senator Chuck Schumer waded into the case, writing a letter (above) to the Food and Drug Administration for acceptance
Bushwick Ascend Middle School. Ascend Charter Schools issued a statement mourning the loss of the beloved teacher and paying tribute to her as a “unique educator”
“I did not consciously bring [coronavirus] in the house, but that’s something I’ve been exposed to. If I could swap places with her, I would.
Ascend Charter Schools issued a statement mourning the loss of the beloved teacher and paying tribute to her as a “unique educator.”
“Our entire Ascend community mourns the passing of Ascend teacher Rana Zoe Mungin, who died yesterday after a difficult struggle with COVID-19. We express our deepest sympathy to all of Zoe’s family and loved ones, “said the statement released on Tuesday.
“Zoé was a unique educator. She has had a transformational impact on her students and colleagues at Bushwick Ascend Middle School.
“Her lead Miatta Massaley describes what made Zoe such a special person:” The students and staff gravitated toward her witty personality. You can still find a group of people in the social studies room chatting with Zoe after school. It was almost impossible to stop in her room for a quick question because it had a way of making people want to talk to her for hours. “
An impressive 65 school workers were killed by a coronavirus in New York, including 28 teachers.
Mungin’s tragic death comes as New York continues to be the hardest hit of all American states in the midst of the pandemic.
New York City had 11,820 deaths and 157,713 infections on Tuesday evening.
Statewide, there were 17,638 deaths and 295,106 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.