A Chicago mother of three died of coronavirus a week after giving birth to a healthy baby girl and was released from hospital despite symptoms and testing for the virus.
Unique Clay, 31, gave birth to a baby girl on April 30, but suffered from fever during labor and was tested for COVID-19.
Family members want to know why she has always been sent home with instructions to take ibuprofen, although she has been confirmed to have the virus and to have a newborn baby to care for.
The family says that Clay’s baby girl looks healthy.
Clay, who died on Tuesday, was the first Chicago postman to be killed by the virus.
The University of Chicago hospital declined to comment on Clay’s case, citing privacy laws, but expressed sympathy to his family, reports WFLD.
Unique Clay, a 31-year-old mother of three from Chicago, died after being tested positive for coronavirus and having a healthy baby girl
Clay also worked for the US Postal Service and was the first Chicago postman to succumb to the virus.
Alan Brown, Clay’s father, described the grief and confusion that arose after the death of his daughter.
“When they let her go home, they gave her ibuprofen and we were told by looking at the information that it feeds the virus itself, you are supposed to give them Tylenol,” he told WFLD.
The World Health Organization, or WHO, initially warned against prescribing the anti-inflammatory drug because it can theoretically enhance the ability of the coronavirus to cause infection or worsen symptoms.
However, the WHO has since reversed its position on the painkiller due to a lack of evidence and no longer recommends not using ibuprofen.
‘It hurts. Honestly, it hurts, ”said Dajah Brown, Clay’s sister, at WFLD.
“I don’t understand why she was sent home so quickly, and then asked to take drugs that fuel the disease. It just wasn’t run at all. Someone has to be held accountable, “said Dajah Brown.
Alan Brown, Clay’s father, described the grief and confusion that arose after the death of his daughter: “When they let her go home, they gave her ibuprofen and we were told in looking at the news that it feeds the virus itself, you are supposed to give them Tylenol ‘
‘It hurts. It hurts, honestly, “said Clay’s sister, Dajah Brown, reacting to her fleeting and demanding responses. “Someone has to be held responsible,” she says.
Friends praised Clay as a mom and someone who wanted to make others happy.
“I don’t know that I would just like people to know that she was really, really a nice girl and that she gave everything to the family and I just wish it never happened,” said Liz Price, Clay’s hairdresser and friend. .
Colleagues from the Irving Park Post Office, where Clay has worked for the past two years, released balloons into the sky on Saturday in his memory.
More than 30 mail carriers in Chicago have tested positive for the coronavirus. Clay (photo) was the city’s first factor to succumb to the virus
Colleagues from the Irving Park post office, where Clay has worked for the past two years (photo), launched balloons into the sky on Saturday in his memory.
More than 30 mail carriers in Chicago have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The state of Illinois has had 76,008 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 3,362 deaths
Nationwide, there were 1,348,761 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 79,892 killed.