A New York City teacher who was twice rejected from ER and told by EMTs that she was “just having a panic attack” when struggling to breathe died of coronavirus.
Rana Zoe Mungin, 30, died in hospital on Monday – more than six weeks after she first fell ill with a fever and more than a month after being put on a ventilator.
The social studies teacher at Bushwick Ascend Middle School in Brooklyn becomes at least the 65th teacher and the 28th teacher in New York City killed by the virus.
Her heartbroken sister announced Mungin’s tragic death on Twitter on Monday.
Rana Zoe Mungin, 30, died in hospital on Monday – more than six weeks after she first fell ill with a fever and more than a month after being put on a ventilator
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you all that my sister, Rana Zoe, passed away today at 12:25 PM. because of COVID-19 complications, ‘Mia Mungin wrote in the post.
“She fought for a long time, but her body was too weak.”
Mungin’s death comes after she was expelled from an emergency room twice before she was eventually hospitalized and tested for coronavirus.
Mungin is said to have contracted the deadly virus after Mia, a registered nurse, returned to the house they shared with a fever on March 9 after working in a hospital.
Just days later, Mungin started showing symptoms for the virus.
Her condition deteriorated and her family called an ambulance at least once after she was having trouble breathing and took her to the ER twice.
But despite being particularly vulnerable to coronavirus complications from underlying health problems, including asthma and high blood pressure, doctors rejected her symptoms and refused to give her a coronavirus test.
The NYC teacher was sent away from ER twice and was told by EMTs that she was ‘just having a panic attack’ when she struggled to breathe before finally being hospitalized and tested for the virus. Mungin taught social studies at Bushwick Ascend Middle School in Brooklyn
Mungin is said to have contracted the deadly virus after Mia, a registered nurse, returned (pictured together) to the house they shared with a fever on March 9 after working in a hospital
Once, the emergency services even rejected her complaints that she was struggling to breathe, “insinuating that she was having a panic attack and said her lungs were clean,” Mia said. PIX 11.
The 30-year-old was finally admitted to Brookdale Hospital on March 20 and received a ventilator.
She was then given the experimental malaria drug hydroxychloroquine touted by President Trump.
When that didn’t work, Mia lobbied for her sister to participate in clinical trials, and Senator Chuck Schumer waded into the case and wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration to accept her.
The teacher was then transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on March 27, where she began to show signs of improvement.
A month after she went on a ventilator, she woke up and was taken to a New Jersey hospital for patients who came off respirators.
Just days later, she died of COVID-19 complications.
Her devastated sister told Pix 11 that she wished she could switch places with her.
“I apologized for being there,” Mia told her sister the day before her death.
Mia lobbied for her sister to participate in clinical trials, and Senator Chuck Schumer waded over the case and wrote a letter (above) to the Food and Drug Administration to make her accept
Bushwick Ascend Middle School. Ascend Charter Schools made a statement mourning the loss of the beloved teacher and paying tribute as a ‘one-of-a-kind educator’
“I didn’t take it consciously [coronavirus] into the house, but it’s something I was exposed to. If I could switch places with her, I would. ‘
Ascend Charter Schools has made a statement mourning the loss of the beloved teacher and paying tribute as a ‘one-of-a-kind educator’.
“Our entire Ascend community is mourning the death of Ascend teacher Rana Zoe Mungin, who died yesterday after a tough battle with COVID-19. We express our deepest sympathy for the entire family and loved ones of Zoë, ”said the statement released Tuesday.
Zoe was a unique educator. She had a transformative impact on her students and colleagues at Bushwick Ascend Middle School.
Her chef Miatta Massaley describes what made Zoe so special: ‘Both students and staff drew on her witty personality. You could always find a group of people in the social studies room talking to Zoe after school. It was almost impossible to enter her room for a quick question, because she had a way of getting people to talk to her for hours. ”
As many as 65 school workers have now been killed by New York City’s corona virus, including 28 teachers.
Mungin’s tragic death is because New York is still hardest hit by all U.S. states during the pandemic.
New York City has 11,820 deaths and 157,713 infections on Tuesday night.
Across the state, there are 17,638 deaths and 295,106 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.