Pregnant UiTM Head Nurse Delivers Baby Before Dying Of COVID-19 Complications

She battled the virus for weeks since testing positive at 30 weeks pregnant.

Cover image via Fakulti Perubatan Universiti Teknologi Mara (Facebook) & Mukhriz Hazim/Malaysiakini

A head nurse at Universiti Teknologi Mara's (UiTM) Specialist Centre in Sungai Buloh, Selangor has died due to COVID-19 complications, just days after delivering her fifth child

Artini Dzolkarnaini, a head nurse at the hospital's Rehabilitation Medicine department, passed away at 5.30am on Tuesday, 2 February.

She battled the virus for weeks since testing positive at 30 weeks pregnant last month.

"All members of the Faculty of Medicine at UiTM would like to express our condolences," read a Facebook post by the UiTM Faculty of Medicine yesterday confirming the death.

"We pray that her soul be blessed and placed among the pious."

The 41-year-old was asymptomatic when she tested positive in January and was only admitted for observation

However, according to Malaysiakini, her condition deteriorated soon after admission and she was intubated for breathing assistance.

Although only at 30 weeks term, the doctors also performed an emergency Caesarean section to save the baby as her situation turned for the worse.

The premature newborn was safely delivered and is still under the care of the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Meanwhile, Artini's condition did not improve. She passed away a few weeks later due to complications caused by COVID-19 and never got to see her baby daughter.

She was laid to rest at the Bandar Tasik Puteri Muslim cemetery in Cheras on Tuesday morning.

Since the announcement of Artini's death, several of her friends and colleagues have taken to social media to express their grief

It is quickly learnt that Artini was a dedicated nurse and a doting wife and mother.

Besides raising four children with her husband, she also excelled at work - specialising in coronary care and pursued a Masters in Critical Care Nursing last year.

New Straits Times also reported that Artini authored the book Penjagaan dan Pemulihan Jantung on her specialty subject, which is published by UiTM.

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