A Filipina nurse described as ‘hardworking and generous’ passed away due to cancer after her treatment was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anna Fernandez, 44, passed away inside her home in Solihull, England after battling colon cancer. She was in remission for about five years since she got diagnosed when she was 38 years old.
However, just early this year, cancer returned and the trained nurse passed away last September 19, just a day after the birthday of her youngest son. Anna has two children.
A friend of Anna claimed that there were delays in her cancer treatment because of the COVID-19’s detrimental consequences. Jen Tulay Navarrette created a GoFundMe page to help the memorial service of Anna. She aims to raise £5,000 for her friend whom she met while working at the admission unit in a Birmingham hospital.
“My dear friend Anna was diagnosed with colon cancer at an early age of 38,” says Jen. “Armed with a strong faith in God and surrounded by supportive family and friends, she braved the battle and had remission for almost five years. Sadly it has recurred early this year.”
Due to COVID-19, there were delays in the treatment of Anna, her friend Jen claimed.
“Since the world has been plagued by COVID-19, delays in some of her treatment had detrimental consequences,” says Jen. “She died peacefully at home in the presence of her family and very close friends.”
Anna had been receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Heartlands, where she spent years caring for patients. Anna’s biopsies should have been examined in the United States but it was never sent and even the scans were held up.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation extended its condolences to the bereaved family of the Filipina.
“The Trust extends its heartfelt and deep condolences to Anna’s husband and their young family at their tragic loss,” a spokesperson said. “Anna was a much loved and respected nurse and colleague, she will be dearly missed by all who worked with her.”
“Where anyone has concerns about their care or the care of a loved one, we encourage them to be in touch with our patient relations team.’