A nurse who worked in an intensive care unit in the epicentre of the Italian coronavirus outbreak has reportedly taken her own life after contracting the disease and fearing she had spread it to others.
The National Federation of Nurses of Italy (Federazione Nazionale Ordini Professioni Infermieritich) confirmed in a press statement that Daniela Trezzi, 34, took her own life on Sunday.
Trezzi had worked in the intensive care unit of the San Gerardo Hospital in the city of Monza, which is located in the badly-affected Lombardy region of Italy, since the beginning of the country’s healthcare emergency six weeks ago.
According to the federation, Trezzi was suffering from a lot of stress during her frontline work against the coronavirus and her state reportedly worsened when she was diagnosed with the coronavirus on 10th March.
The nurse reportedly told her colleagues she was extremely worried that she might have infected someone with the virus.
The federation said in a press statement: “We express our pain and consternation over the suicide of our young colleague. Our 450,000 professionals will join together around the relatives and family of Daniela.”
Mario Aparone, the Director of the San Gerardo Hospital, regretted the nurse’s death and said that the “judicial authorities are investigating the case”.
The federation said that a similar situation happened some days ago in Venice, adding: “We are at risk of suffering stressful conditions and worker shortages, but this cannot be commented on now.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Italy has registered a total of 69,176 confirmed cases of COVID-19 leading to 6,820 deaths.
The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.