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£145k raised for family of tragic nurse

‘A blessing’: Mary Agyapong

MORE than £145,000 had last night been raised for the family of an NHS nurse killed by coronavirus — as a colleague said she would ‘live on’ in her newborn daughter.

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, died on Sunday. Her baby was delivered successfully by emergency Caesarean.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital — where Ms Agyapong had worked for five years — said yesterday the baby girl is doing well, although it is not clear whether she has tested positive for the disease. Ms Agyapong’s husband is currently self-isolating and has also been tested.

In a GoFundMe page set up on Wednesday, Rhoda Asiedu wrote: ‘Mary was a blessing to everyone she came across and her love, care and sincerity will be irreplaceable.

‘I am raising funds for her immediate family; her husband AJ and her baby girl little Mary, who was born at the time of her demise.’

Ms Agyapong, who worked on a general ward, fell ill after going on maternity leave last month. The hospital said it did not have any coronavirus patients before she left. She tested positive on April 5 and was admitted to the hospital on April 7.

Colleagues paid tribute to Ms Agyapong, who also went by her married name Mary Boateng, on the GoFundMe page. Renai Mcinerney wrote: ‘She deserves her family to be looked after, after she devoted her life to the NHS.’ Caitlin Green added: ‘So sorry to Mary’s family and friends for her loss. She will live on in her beautiful baby girl.’