To commemorate the 200,000 dead Americans from coronavirus, Kate Bolduan was joined by Maureen Fagan, sister of 28-year old COVID victim Maureen Fagan, to remind us just how much each death represents.
Maureen Fagan devastatingly made that point as she tearfully told the story of her sister’s death, just Saturday. Adeline Fagan had been in the second year of her residency and had been fighting COVID-19 since July. The family thought she was getting better until she took a sudden turn for the worse:
But that evening, I believe around 10:00 p.m., the staff came in for a routine check of Adeline and she was unresponsive. And an emergency CT showed that Adeline did have a massive brain bleed, which could have been caused by a number of things and it is one of the factors that physicians and staff were aware could happen due to COVID and the machines that she were on. But it was only made worse because she was on blood thinners.
And they called up my parents and one of the options was to do emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in her brain, but the doctor said that it would have been a one in a million chance that Adeline was anything of what we knew her to be and they did not end up doing it, just because of the chance, and they honestly told my parents that it wasn't going to save Adeline, and so around 4:00 in the morning on Saturday, Adeline did pass away in my mom and dad's arms.
Bolduan, who said she has three sisters, choked up along with Maureen. But Bolduan also wanted to illustrate how COVID deaths impact the living, so she asked Maureen to speak to the loss.
So, there are still going to be very close sisters and I know Adeline would be very, very proud of us for doing this and would want us to remain as close as when she was alive.
Maureen also had a message for the rest of us, to help us avoid more tragedy like her own:
At that point, Bolduan was overtly crying. If you're at all like me, you will be, too.