The entire world is fighting against the deadly coronavirus and the contribution made by each individual counts in this fight. Some stories that can really help us stay united in these trying times are currently taking over social media. One of them involves a woman from Belgium named Suzanne Hoylaerts who refused to be put on a ventilator at the age of 90 to save someone else’s life. Also Read - 'Even COVID-19 Couldn't End it': Twitter Left in Splits After 'Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai' Actors Shoot Scene Wearing Face Masks
A report in Daily Mail reveals that the woman who contracted the coronavirus despite staying at home for many days had difficulty in breathing and the doctors wanted to put her on a ventilator but she refused to use the breathing machine saying the staff should save it for a younger patient as she lived a good life and won’t mind resting in peace now. Also Read - Bihar BJP Chief Tests Coronavirus Positive; Wife, Mother Infected Too
The sacrifice of the 90-year-old woman has been hailed widely across the world with several social media users also calling her a real-life angel who had the courage to say ‘I lived my life and it’s time to go.’ The report mentioned that the elderly woman told the doctors, “I don’t want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life.” Also Read - Now, A Squirrel in US Tests Positive For the Bubonic Plague, Twitter Says '2020 Has No Chill'
After she complained of breathlessness and a lack of appetite, Suzanne was placed in self-isolation but when her health continued to deteriorate, she was advised to use the ventilator. She didn’t use it and passed away two days after she was admitted to the hospital. Several Twitter users gave her tribute for sacrifice and courage. While one user wrote, “We will not forget her sacrifice’, another user questioned, “How many of us will be able to let go of something that can save our life to save the life of another? When the time comes to go, how many of us will be able to say, “I already had a good life?” (sic). Check out these tweets:
It’s in the time of such difficulty that real inspiring stories come out. How beautiful it is to see that the world has really not lost its kindness and even in the toughest times, there are people who will manage to contribute their best to mankind. However, this particular case also highlights the scarcity of essential health equipment at the hospitals in the times of a health crisis. RIP, Suzanne!