It was a tragedy that never should have happened for one pregnant woman who went into labor.
Dönüş Kılınç, from Istanbul, Turkey, went into labor while in quarantine after becoming infected with COVID-19 in her ninth month of pregnancy.
She asked her husband Ramazan to take her to hospital when the pain became unbearable.
But, according to media reports, she died after being turned away from three hospitals.
The first hospital the couple arrived at was the hospital where Dönüş had been treated throughout her pregnancy but staff allegedly told her they could not take patients with coronavirus.
“They shut their door in our faces, even though we had been their patients,” said Ramazan.
Dönüş was then taken to two more hospitals but both turned her away after being told “we cannot exceed the quota” of coronavirus patients, according to her husband, as per the Mirror newspaper.
She was then taken to an unnamed private health facility where she was rushed into surgery but died. Medics told him her condition was “very advanced.”
The couple’s baby is understood to have survived.
“They said that we would have lost the baby too if we had waited any longer,” explained Ramazan who said medics had told him her condition was “very advanced.”
Ramazan has begun legal action.
It’s a tragedy that this baby has to grow up without his mom. I hope her husband can find some closure and I send support and strength during this difficult time.
Rest in peace Dönüş. Please share.