An NHS nurse died of a coronavirus after sitting with a patient who was later tested positive for the disease, according to an investigation.
Dominga David, 62, was a nurse for 16 years at Llandough University Hospital when she became ill and was discharged home on March 31.
The coroner’s court in central South Wales at Pontypridd heard Mrs. David return home because she was having a temperature, before being admitted to the same hospital six days later.
She was admitted to Llandough University Hospital with a cough, fever and muscle pain on April 5 and died in the intensive care unit on May 26.
Nurse Dominga David, 62, died in an intensive care unit at Llandough University Hospital on May 26 after sitting with a patient who was later tested positive for the disease, says survey
Ms. David was working in the same hospital when she became ill and was discharged home on March 31, before being admitted six days later with a cough, fever and muscle pain on April 5.
A post mortem examination was not performed, but hospital consultants provided a temporary cause of death such as ischemic bowel, Covid-19 and hypertension.
Coroner’s assistant Lauren Howitt said at the short hearing, “Ms. David has been a nurse for many years and has worked in West 5 Service at Llandough Hospital.
“She was generally in good shape and in good health. She was sent home on March 31 because she had a temperature.
“She was seated with a surgical patient who was subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
“She developed other symptoms and was admitted to Llandough University Hospital with a cough, fever and myalgia.”
A CT scan was performed on May 25, and clinicians said his condition was “unsustainable,” the survey learned.
Ms. David, born in the Philippines and living in Penarth, died the following day.
Ms. David has been “an integral part of indoor living on West 5 at Llandough University Hospital since 2004,” said the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Coroner Graeme Hughes said an investigation would take place because there were “reasons to suspect that his death may be related to his job”.
He adjourned the hearing until a full inquiry, which was scheduled for June 16, 2021 at 1 p.m.
The coroner extended his condolences to the family and friends of Ms. David.
After her death, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said that the “exceptionally hard worker” died after being tested positive for Covid-19.
A spokesperson said that Ms. David joined the board of health in 2004 when she came from the Philippines to the United Kingdom to start a nursing adjustment program.
“Since 2004, she has been an integral part of indoor living on West 5 at Llandough University Hospital and will be remembered as an exceptionally hard worker and a respectful, kind and compassionate person when she interacts with patients, families and colleagues, ”she said.
“She was part of the parish family and was appreciated by everyone. She leaves to mourn her son Renzie, to whom we send our sincere condolences.
The board of health’s website describes West 5 as a trauma and orthopedic service to care for patients throughout their recovery from planned procedures to improve their health and quality of life.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council says: “She will be remembered as an exceptionally hard worker and a respectful, kind and compassionate person”
Ms. David’s former patients expressed condolences on social media after learning of her death.
Wanda Webb said, “Terrible news. I was treated by this lady after spinal surgery.
“She was very kind and worked very hard to make me feel comfortable when I was in pain.
“My thoughts and love go out to his family and colleagues during his most tragic loss.”
Mrs. David died the same day as theater assistant Allan Macalalad (photo with son Justin and wife Elsie), 48, of Cardiff, who also worked at University Hospital Llandough
Neil Thomas added: “Dominga has taken care of me on several admissions to West 5 with my ongoing battles with Sepsis.
“She was hardworking, friendly, compassionate and an integral part of the nursing team. Please send my condolences to his family and to the West 5 team. ‘
David died on the same day as theater assistant Allan Macalalad, 48, who also worked at Llandough University Hospital.
The carpenter by profession died at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales after being tested positive for Covid-19.
Macalalad of Cardiff is survived by his son Justin and his wife Elsie, who is also a nurse.