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Florida health care worker may lose hands due to coronavirus complications


MIAMI, Fla. (WFLA/NBC) – Rosa Felipe, a beloved healthcare worker at Jackson Memorial Hospital, is facing the possibility of losing her hands after a nearly five month-long battle with the coronavirus.

Felipe was one of the first people to be diagnosed with the virus on March 9. She says her work in electroencephalography at the hospital put her at great risk.

“My job is to be the EEG tech, I run around everywhere trauma included and do EEG’s on vulnerable patients,” Felipe said.

Her patients were in need of immediate brain activity tests, leaving no time to test patients. “You don’t have time to find out when you are trying to save a life,” Felipe says.

Despite underlying medical conditions, the mother of two’s family says she is winning the battle with COVID-19, but she may lose her hands due to treatment complications.

Jackson Memorial Hospital recongized Felipe’s work releasing a statement which reads in part:

Jackson Health System feels a deep sense of gratitude to Rosa Felipe, and all the other frontline healthcare workers who have fallen ill while battling this unpredictable virus.

Jackson Health System

The question now is when will Rosa be discharged. Her family says they want her to make a full recovery before that happens.

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