Two other health workers in Barranquilla, the doctor Andrés Acevedo and the nursing assistant Delcy Talaigua, died – apparently – by COVID-19.
The general doctor Andrés Roberto Acevedo, 58 years old, a Costa Rican national and who had been living and working in the city for 17 years, lost his life this Thursday after being detained for more than 10 days in the intensive care unit of the Clinic del Prado.
Acevedo, who was known among the medical community of the capital of the Atlantic for his work in the ICU of the Cari University Hospital, was in charge of caring for inpatients in the intensive care units of various clinics in the city.
In dialogue with EL HERALDO, his wife Gladys López told details of the process that her husband lived, who died without knowing the result of the test they carried out to find out if he was infected with the disease.
“He had been presenting a cough, but he said that it was normal, until Sunday, the 21st, when his coworkers saw him very badly because his fever rose and they made his chest plates. The doctor said it was practically COVID-19, “explained López.
The woman also stated that the doctor was stabilized at his workplace with an oxygen mask. After that, he was taken to different clinics in the city, but he could not be admitted to any of them, due to the lack of ICU beds.
The doctor was able to be detained at the Prado Clinic thanks to the support provided by the Colombian Association of Critical Medicine and Intensive Care – to which he belonged – who located the bed in that medical center. However, he drew his last breath about 7:35 p.m. Thursday.
His wife said that Acevedo had complications from his obesity and kidney problems that made intubation necessary, but unfortunately he was unable to overcome these conditions.
“He was tireless to work and too responsible. I could see him some days by video call; now I am waiting for the body to be delivered to me, ”said Gladys López.
On the other hand, MiRed Barranquilla IPS, the entity to which the nursing assistant Delcy Talaigua was linked, said in a statement that they regretted the death of the health professional.
In the statement, the IPS indicated that the nursing assistant presented health problems, possibly a community link, which is why she was hospitalized and referred to the intensive care unit, where – despite the efforts of the treating team – she died on 2 July 2020.
Likewise, he stated that out of respect for the privacy of Delsy’s medical history, they would not reveal more details of his death.
“Delcy, a very talented young woman, will be remembered for her dedication and commitment, always fulfilling her duty and delivering more than expected for the benefit of our patients. Her colleagues will remember her as a cheerful, efficient, honest and very loving woman with everyone, ”said Rómulo Rodado, manager of Mired IPS.