Coronavirus: Pregnant UK nurse dies from COVID-19, baby survives

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong. Photo credit: GoFundMe

A pregnant UK nurse being remembered for her "love, care and serenity" has died after contracting COVID-19 but her baby has survived.

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, died on Sunday (local time) at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital where she had worked for five years.

Her child was fortunately delivered prior to her death and "doing very well", the BBC reports citing a hospital spokeswoman.

Bedfordshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust chief executive David Carter said Agyapong was a "fantastic" nurse.

"Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary's family and friends at this sad time," he told the BBC.

Tributes are flowing on social media and a GoFundMe page started to provide support to her family has raised nearly NZ$122,000.

"Mary was a blessing to everyone she came across and her love, care and sincerity will be irreplaceable," the page says.

Agyapong was admitted to hospital on April 7 after testing positive for COVID-19 two days prior, Sky News reported.

During that time her husband had been self-isolating at home.

According to various media reports, she had been working at the hospital until about March 12. The hospital has said no COVID-19 patients were in the hospital while she was working there, reports Metro.

It's unclear whether her baby has tested positive for COVID-19.

The GoFundMe page says funds raised will be used to help her husband, AJ, and their baby girl.

"It is humane for us to take care of them in every way we can during this heavy and trying time.

"You will forever be in our hearts Mary. Your memories are still with us and we will cherish them forever until we meet again.

"We will forever miss you."