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Dutch Woman Becomes First Person Reported to Die After COVID-19 Reinfection

Dutch physicians have recorded the first known death due to coronavirus reinfection. 

According to a report cited by CNN, an 89-year-old woman recently died after contracting COVID-19 for the second time. The patient was said to be immunocompromised as she was also receiving treatment for a rare type of blood cell cancer called Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia; however, experts said her immune system could’ve been strong enough to fight the coronavirus infection because her cancer treatment “does not necessarily result in life threatening disease.”

Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center said the elderly woman tested positive for the novel virus earlier this year after she began exhibiting symptoms like a fever and cough. She was reportedly hospitalized for nearly a week, and was eventually discharged once the symptoms had gone away.

About two months later, the woman began another round of chemotherapy treatment and once again started experiencing a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. A subsequent test confirmed she had been infected with COVID-19 and no antibodies were found her blood in the following days. Researchers later found that the strains from her first and second infections differed, indicating “that the second episode was a reinfection rather than prolonged shedding.” The woman died two weeks later.

The case marks the first recorded death following a coronavirus reinfection; however, there have been a handful of confirmed reinfections across the world. On Tuesday, it was reported that a 25-year-old Nevada man was the first known American to have contracted the disease twice. Unlike the Dutch woman, the Nevada man had no known underlying health conditions, but his second infection was said to have been much worse than the first.

“It means that it is possible to get reinfected, that’s all it really tells us,” Dr. Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, told CNBC. “It doesn’t tell us that protective immunity is impossible. It is worth remembering that this might be just one of a very small handful of reinfections, it might be very rare, or it might be one of the very first few we are going to see a lot more of given time.”

The American patient has since recovered.

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Dutch woman becomes first person to die after being reinfected with coronavirus

DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS - 2020/06/29: A patient bed ridden after a surgery at the care unit. Amid relaxation of the coronavirus crisis, operations in the hybrid operating room under the shunt intensive care unit have fully resumed at Albert Schweitzer Hospital normal care. (Photo by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A patient in a hospital in Dordrecht in the Netherlands. (Getty)

A woman in the Netherlands has become the first person to die after being reinfected with coronavirus.

The elderly patient was the subject of an academic paper recently published by the Oxford University Press which said that the woman died 59 days after the start of her first bout of the virus.

The 89-year-old reportedly also suffered from a rare bone marrow type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and was diagnosed with coronavirus for a second time just two days after beginning chemotherapy.

Researchers tested her during both episodes and confirmed that the genetic makeup of the virus was different, making it likely that the woman was indeed suffering from reinfection.

DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS - 2020/06/29: A health worker gets prepared at the isolation ward of Albert Schweitzer Hospital where the last four coronavirus patients are located. (Photo by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The woman was discharged from hospital after her first brush with coronavirus. (Getty)

They also noted that her symptoms appeared to have “subsided entirely” when she was discharged from hospital after first being infected with coronavirus.

Lead researcher Mark Pandori, from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in the US, said: “While more research is needed, the possibility of reinfections could have significant implications for our understanding of COVID-19 immunity, especially in the absence of an effective vaccine.

Read more: Covid-19 reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: study

“It also strongly suggests that individuals who have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 should continue to take serious precautions when it comes to the virus, including social distancing, wearing face masks, and handwashing.”

There have only been 23 cases of reinfection worldwide so far according to the researchers, and in all previous cases the patients have made a full recovery.

The first recorded reinfection was a 33-year-old Hong Kong national in August whose second infection was reportedly asymptomatic.

Experts believed that since the second infection was less severe there appeared to be some “immunological memory”.

Prior to the Dutch case, however, a 25-year-old man in Nevada caught the virus twice with the second case being more severe than the first.

The man needed hospital treatment after his lungs could not get enough oxygen into his body, but he has since recovered.

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Woman Becomes Nurse Practitioner at Same Hospital Where She Was Once a Custodian: ‘Worth It!’

The Inspiring Story of How One Woman Went From Custodian to Trauma Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Jaines Andrades worked her way up at Baystate Medical Center and says “At one point, I dreamed of the position I have today.”

A Massachusetts woman is showing the world the true meaning of perseverance after she worked her way up from being a custodian at a local hospital to now treating its patients as a nurse practitioner.

Ten years ago, Jaines Andrades started her career at Baystate Medical Center working in environmental services, where she cleaned up operating rooms as a janitor, Meredith Corporation station WGGB reported.

Today, instead of cleaning the operating rooms, she is one of the leaders inside them as a certified nurse practitioner in trauma surgery, according to the outlet.

“At one point, I dreamed of the position I have today,” Andrades told WGGB of her incredible journey, which started when she was just 19 years old.

Baystate Health Jaines Andrades

In 2014 — four years after Andrades began her career at Baystate as a custodian — the Springfield resident earned her nursing degree, WGGB reported.

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She continued working in environmental services until an opportunity to work as a registered nurse arose.

“I stayed, actually, in environmental, despite being a nurse because I didn’t immediately get a nursing job at Baystate, so I wanted to keep my foot in the door,” she explained to the outlet.

Baystate Health Jaines Andrades (L)

Eventually, Andrades decided to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner (NP) and once she completed her degree, was offered a job at Baystate yet again.

“Once I start something, I have to see it through, so if I’m going to be a custodian and then be a nurse, it only makes sense to be a nurse practitioner there,” she told WGGB of working at Baystate all these years.

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On Sept. 28, Andrades reflected on the accomplishment by posting a photo of her three work badges on Facebook. Though they all have her name and photo on them, each one has her different job title and shows Andrades’ career progression over the years.

“10 years of work but it was worth it! I’m a provider at the same place I use to clean,” she captioned the post, which has been shared over 10,000 times and liked over 12,000 times.

Reflecting on her career, Andrades told WGGB that having such diverse experiences at the Springfield medical center has kept her humble while interacting with others.

“I remember those times where I saw interactions as a custodian to remind myself that everyone’s human,” she explained. “Your academic success or your professional success, obviously, it deserves praise and you should be proud of that, but it doesn’t make you a better person.”

“As a human being,” she

Woman gives birth to twins after surviving coronavirus coma

A woman has welcomed twins after being placed into a coronavirus coma while pregnant with them. (SWNS)
Danielle Martin gave birth to twins after being placed into a coronavirus coma while pregnant. (SWNS)

A woman has given birth to twin girls after testing positive for coronavirus and being put into a 10 day coma while she was pregnant.

Danielle Martin, 32, had been rushed to hospital after struggling to breathe when she was nine weeks pregnant with what she believed to be one baby.

Having tested positive for COVID-19, she was placed into an induced coma after her condition deteriorated, leaving dad-to-be, Bryan Green, 32, fearing for the lives of both his partner and unborn child.

Martin woke from her coma after 10 days and rang Green with the incredible news that they were in fact expecting twins.

Read more: Parents share their relief as premature twins born with coronavirus are allowed home

Martin gave birth on 7 October, to Ava and Amelia, and the family are now happily recovering at their home in Shankill, Belfast.

“It’s feels like a miracle for us,” said Green. “They’re our wee princesses. 

“It’s amazing having them home, it’s obviously lifted the mood in the house. 

“Everyone is happy, Danielle is buzzing.”

Danielle was in an induced coma for 10 days while pregnant with the twins, pictured here face-timing her partner. (SWNS)
Danielle Martin was in an induced coma for 10 days while pregnant with the twins, pictured here face-timing her partner. (SWNS)

Mum-of-five, Martin, had felt like she was suffocating and had been rushed to the hospital on 30 March with suspected pneumonia.

“At first, I just had a sore throat, which led to a bad chest and I thought it must be a chest infection but I could barely breathe after six days,” she said.

“It felt like I was suffocating so Bryan decided to call an ambulance who came within five minutes and took me away – I was terrified.

After undergoing scans, Martin was diagnosed with severe pneumonia.

“I was put on a ventilator which helped and though I was struggling to breathe and talk I was managing,” she recalls.

Read more: Mum shocked as twins born two days apart

But everything changed when Martin tested positive for coronavirus and when her oxygen levels dropped, she was put into an induced coma.

Watch: Nurse who survived 40 day coronavirus coma given amazing send-off by colleagues

Green, a security guard, recalled being shocked at learning his wife had been put into a coma.

“I talked to her the night before on the phone and she was eating toast in bed,” he explained.

“She said she was going to try and get her head down and then the next morning I didn’t hear from her, which I thought was strange. 

“I rang the hospital to say I needed to get in touch with my partner and a consultant came on the phone to tell me they’d rushed her up to the theatre and put her in a coma.

“I hung the phone up and just broke down into tears. It was really scary.”

The family welcomed healthy twin girls this week. (SWNS)
The family welcomed healthy twin girls. (SWNS)

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Wisdom tooth removal: Young woman spends two nights in ICU after failures by dentist

A dentist made multiple failures in treating an infection following her wisdom tooth extraction. Photo / 123rf

A woman in her 20s spent two nights in a New Zealand intensive care unit (ICU) after getting one of her wisdom teeth removed.

Today, a Health and Disability Commission report revealed the hospital stay came after a dentist made multiple failures in treating an infection following her wisdom tooth extraction, including allowing his patient to self-medicate and mistaking it for a dry socket.

The woman – who has not been named for privacy reasons – had her lower right wisdom removed in April 2018.

In the days following, she developed a painful mouth and “was finding it difficult to eat or open her mouth”, the report said. She visited the dental service on three occasions to discuss her symptoms.

She also began taking an antibiotic not prescribed by the dental clinic, which she had obtained overseas. She disclosed this with her dentist, who did not advise her to stop self-medicating, the investigation found.

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan criticised this, saying “a patient who is taking self-prescribed medication is a significant ‘red flag'”.

The report said the dentist diagnosed a dry socket and prescribed a course of the antibiotic amoxicillin.

Her infection worsened and she was admitted to hospital, where pus was drained from her socket and she was treated in the intensive care unit for two nights.

In the report, Allan said the dentist failed to recognise that the woman’s presenting complication was an infection and not a dry socket.

The dentist also did not provide appropriate treatment even if it was a dry socket, and missed an opportunity to recommend that she stop taking her own antibiotic and take amoxicillin instead, Allan said.

He said the dentist failed to comply with the Dental Council’s documentation standards and that the dental service had inadequate policies for ascertaining the medications being taken by clients, and that poor record-keeping and missing records indicated broader systems issues at the practice.

“Neither dentist ascertained what antibiotic [the woman] was taking. I am not satisfied that the dental service had adequate policies to deal with the situation when a patient is known to be taking medication that has not been prescribed by the practice to treat dental conditions.”

As a result of the investigation, the Deputy Commissioner recommended that the dental service audit its clinical records and develop further policies on the management of patients who are taking medications not prescribed by the clinic.

He also advised that both dentists involved undertook further training, and that the dentists and the dental clinic apologise to the woman.

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Jane Seymour watched Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman with her grandchildren

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Jane Seymour watched ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ with her grandchildren amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The 69-year-old actress plays Dr. Michaela Quinn-Sully on the TV drama series, and she revisited the show – which ran on CBS between 1993 and 1998 – during the health crisis.

Jane shared: “The parents don’t usually let them watch TV.

“Every once in a while, they get to either watch ‘War With Grandpa’ or ‘Dr. Quinn’ or something.”

The actress joked that the show feels “very appropriate right now”.

Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, Jane explained: “I couldn’t believe that episode two is about an epidemic. We made that how many years ago? Way ahead of our time.”

The film and TV star has also killed time amid the health crisis by having fun in her garden.

She said: “We have an organic garden at the backside of our property.

“We go down, we pick vegetables, they cook with us, it’s been magic. We have enough space here that everyone is safe.”

Meanwhile, Jane previously admitted that she still gets recognised for her starring role in ‘Dr. Quinn’.

The actress also revealed that Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union, was a fan of the drama series.

Asked if she still gets recognised for her role, she replied: “Oh absolutely. And all over the world. It’s in, I think, a hundred countries now.

“You know, when President Gorbachev comes up to me and goes, ‘Oh Dr. Quinn, Dr. Quinn.’ You realise that the show probably had even more of an impact in other countries than it did in America.”

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Nurse who spoke at RNC arrested for shooting woman in the stomach

Amy Ford claims she shot the woman in self-defense

Amy Ford, a West Virginia nurse who spoke at this year’s Republican National Convention, was arrested on Saturday after shooting a woman in the stomach in her hometown.

Ford, 39, who was identified as Amy Thorn in the court filing, was charged with malicious or unlawful assault after shooting a woman in her abdomen in Williamson, West Virginia. The victim has been identified by WSAZ -TV as Jonda Whitt.

Ford also goes by Amy Johnson, the local news outlet reports.

Amy Ford speaks at the Republican National Convention in August 2020. (via screenshot)
Amy Ford speaks at the Republican National Convention in August 2020. (via screenshot)

While details of the incident remain unknown, Mingo County Police Chief Grady Dotson stated that Ford claims she acted in self-defense, according to WCHS-TV. Whitt is being treated at a local hospital and her injuries are not life-threatening.

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Ford posted bond and has been released from custody.

Ford first caught the public’s eye when she volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients at a New York City hospital in the early months of the coronavirus crisis in the United States. WCHS-TV reported that the Mingo County mother of three traveled there to work in overstretched hospitals when the state was the epicenter of the outbreak.

With little cases in West Virginia at the time, Ford said treating COVID-19 patients in New York gave her a fuller understanding of how bad the pandemic was getting, stating “once I was able to come [to New York] and see it for myself, at this point in time, that’s the only way we’re going to slow it down so we can get ahead of it.”

She was invited to speak at the 2020 RNC in August, where she spoke of her story and praised President Donald Trump for his administration’s response to COVID-19.

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“President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on, and made rapid policy changes,” Ford, referring to the expansion of telehealth services, said in her nearly three-minute speech. “As a health-care professional I can tell you without hesitation: Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19, and the benefits of that response extend far beyond coronavirus.”

Ford’s comments about Trump’s response came weeks before the Washington Post reported that an audiotape from interviews that veteran journalist Bob Woodward conducted with Trump revealed that the president intentionally downplayed the seriousness of the virus.

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward back in March.

“I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

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A woman finished the Bar exam after having her baby between sections of the test

Brianna Hill, a recent graduate of the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, knew she would be pregnant during her bar exam, but she wasn’t expecting a huge curveball in timing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I thought I would only be 28 weeks pregnant when I took the bar,” Hill told CNN. “However, due to the pandemic, the test was pushed to October and I was going to be 38 weeks. I joked about taking the test from my hospital bed. Lesson learned!”

The remote version of the test is four 90-minute sections spread out over two days. Hill said the exam is proctored so you have to sit in front of the computer the entire time to make sure you aren’t cheating.

“I thought I felt something about 30 minutes into the test and actually thought, ‘I really hope my water didn’t just break,'” Hill said. “But I couldn’t go check and so I finished the first section. As soon as I stood up when I finished, I knew my water had broken.”

But even the realization of going into labor didn’t stop Hill from accomplishing her goal.

“I took my break, got myself cleaned up, called my husband, midwife, and mom, cried because I was a little panicked, then sat down to take the second part because my midwife told me I had time before I needed to go to the hospital.”

Hill said she got to the hospital around 5:30 p.m. and her new baby boy arrived just after 10 p.m.

“The whole time my husband and I were talking about how we wanted me to finish the test and my midwife and nurses were so on board. There just wasn’t another option in my mind,” Hill said.

So, the next day, hospital staff provided Hill with an empty room to finish the test and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Hill took the rest of the exam in that room and even nursed her baby during breaks.

“I’m so thankful for the support system I had around me. The midwives and nurses were so invested in helping me not only become a mom but also a lawyer,” Hill said.

“My husband and law school friends provided me with so much encouragement so I could push through the finish line even under less than ideal circumstances. And my family, especially my sister, just kept reminding me how I could do it even when I wasn’t so sure myself.”

Hill hasn’t received her bar exam results, but she already has a job lined up.

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Radford woman started career as dentist, but now spends time creating art

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) – Teresa Regil is an artist who discovered her passion for painting almost by accident after years of being a dentist.

a painting of a man and a woman posing for a photo: She said she doesn’t see a difference between dentistry and art because either way she’s using her hands.

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She said she doesn’t see a difference between dentistry and art because either way she’s using her hands.

“In 2009 I tried to do something to relax and I started drawing and I said “Oh.” I did a portrait of my mom in watercolor and watercolor is so difficult and she looked like my mom. And oh, maybe I can start doing this,” said Regil.

She had a long career as a pediatric dentist for children with special needs in Maryland.

“To me it was just a continuum from dentistry to painting to art,” said Regil.

Regil said she doesn’t see a difference between dentistry and art because either way she’s using her hands.

“I think that had a lot to do with my painting and what I use. I am ambidextrous. Sometimes my right hand – when I was doing root canals and things like that, I’d use my left hand too—the same with painting,” said Regil.

Many of Regil’s paintings are of her family. She’s an abuela or grandmother to many of theses faces.

“They are my life. They are my oxygen,”said Regil.

The museum’s director says Regil is a good example of a local artist who simply wants to share her art. Regil is self-taught, guided by masters such as John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt. She creates her portraits in oil and incorporates a myriad of techniques, including alla prima, indirect approach and mixed media. Often her backgrounds are made with acrylics and the main subject or figure with oil.

“She is not a professional artist, she is self-trained, but she is out there doing her art and wanting her art to be out there for people to see.”

“Some days I say, ‘Why am I painting?’ Cause I have to. I just have to,” said Regil.

Regil is donating one of her paintings for a silent auction to help benefit the Glencoe Museum. The painting is a master copy of a work by her artistic inspiration John Singer Sargent. The piece will be open for bidding until December 4.

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More Nashua Church Coronavirus Infections; Another NH Woman Dies

CONCORD, NH — Both state and local health officials are requesting people come forward and get tested after more coronavirus cases were discovered connected to the Gate City Church in Nashua.

Nine positive test results of been identified as connected to parishioners who attended services between Sept. 19, and Sept. 28. Officials learned about the outbreak on Oct. 5, according to Bobbie Bagley, the director of the city’s public health department. Health officials are monitoring the situation and requesting anyone connected to the church at that time to be tested.

“We know that we can do this, Nashua,” she said. “We’ve had a low incident rate and a low percent positive rate for months. We also know that we can mitigate and work together to keep those numbers down.”

The department is hosting a free testing clinic from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the church parking lot on Franklin Street for anyone associated with the church. COVID-19 testing is also available at Southern NH Medical Center West Campus, St. Joseph Hospital Milford Medical Center, and the Lamprey Health Care on Prospect Street.

New Cases, Another Death In New Hampshire

Another fatality was reported in the state Thursday.

The woman, who lived in a long-term care facility in Hillsborough County, was 80 years of age or older. She became the 448th fatality in the state.

Public health officials also reported 79 new positive coronavirus test results with a positivity rate of 0.7 percent based on 5,582 specimens collected Wednesday with 1,337 tests pending. Tuesday’s specimen collections were also upgraded to 8,029 from 6,591.

There are 8,878 accumulative cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire with 7,898 recoveries reported about 89 percent of all cases.

Of the new cases, 55 were polymerase chain reaction tests and 24 were antigen tests and their results boosted the state’s active cases to 531.

Fifteen of the new positive test results were children while 45 were female. Twenty live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 19 reside in Rockingham County, 13 live in Nashua, and five live in Merrimack County.

Two of the 79 cases required hospitalization but only 14 people are currently receiving extended care in New Hampshire. The state said Thursday that 10 had no identified risk factors.

Approximately 2,850 people are under public health monitoring with 287,628 people tested via 482,118 PCR tests.

One Outbreak Closes

State health officials said Thursday that one of the state’s institutional associated outbreaks had been closed.

Mountain View Community in Ossipee was removed from the list Wednesday after eight residents and four staffers became infected. There were no deaths at the facility.

Three other outbreaks remain active: The Bedford Hills Center, where 55 residents and 15 staffers have become infected, leading to five deaths; Pine Rock Manor in Warner, a dementia facility, where four residents and one staffer are infected; and Warde Health Center in Windham, where three residents and one staffer have contracted COVID-19.

K-19 School Updates

A number of schools reported new