A 90-year-old coronavirus patient has died in Belgium after selflessly refusing a ventilator and instructing doctors to ‘keep this for the younger’ patients.
Suzanne Hoylaerts from Binkom, near Lubbeek, was hospitalized on March 20 when her condition rapidly deteriorated after contracting COVID-19.
It comes amid a global shortage of ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, a key piece of equipment in the battle against the respiratory disease.
She reportedly told doctors at the hospital: ‘I don’t want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life.’ Hoylaerts passed away two days after she was hospitalized, on March 22.